Fertig’s new poems

“Poet, publisher and long-time supporter of the writing community, Salt Spring Island-based Mona Fertig (left) has released her first collection of poems in 14 years.” FULL STORY


Karen Barrow

June 27th, 2024

An unexpected visitor to a cocoa estate in Trinidad triggers buried memories of mysterious deaths within a prosperous French Creole family in Karen Barrow’s Palmyra (FriesenPress $26.04). The now-ruined “Great House” was where Joe, the housekeeper’s precocious eleven-year-old son, witnessed enigmatic events. Decades later, a young stranger’s arrival reawakens these memories, setting off tragic events that resonate into the present. Rich in historical and geographical detail, this novel chronicles the rise of an educated elite challenging the ruling white plantocracy, blending coming-of-age and Gothic mystery to reveal divided loyalties, family secrets and ambition. 9781039195806

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