There’s a power to be mined in keeping secrets.
When a handsome drifter settles in the boathouse colony, a ragtag collection of shacks that line the shores of Cootes Paradise on Dundas Marsh, Egypt Fisher and her mother both fall under his spell. No one expects Egypt’s gambling con-man father to return after a six-year absence. But he does and he’s furious. Unhinged by jealousy and a harrowing brush with the local mafia, he reveals a family secret that threatens to destroy the relationship between mother and daughter. When Egypt tries to turn the situation to her own advantage, her lies set in motion a series of events that collide with the ambitions of a local politician who has set his sights on beautifying the city’s north west entrance and wiping the boathouse colony from the map.
Rachael Preston is the author of three novels, Tent of Blue, 2002, and The Wind Seller, 2006, both with Goose Lane Editions, and The Fishers of Paradise, 2012, a kindle ebook available on amazon.
A native of Yorkshire, England, Rachael has a Master’s degree in English Literature from Queen’s University and also studied at Emily Carr College in Vancouver. After graduation she worked freelance as an editor and copywriter and spent two years as an ESL professor at Asia University in Tokyo. She has taught English in Vancouver, London and the Czech Republic. More recently, she spent eleven years teaching in college and university creative writing programmes. In 2001 Rachael won the Arts Hamilton Literary Award and was nominated for the Journey Prize. In 2006 she won The City of Hamilton Arts Award, Literary, for The Wind Seller and contribution to the arts in that city.
Currently Rachael lives on Saturna Island, British Columbia, where she writes and tends bar.