Lucy McLaren, a resident of Calgary, Alberta, plans her mother’s 70th birthday party to be held in Vancouver, BC. Her mother is feeling isolated and depressed, while she feels her own life has grown cold. She is determined to make some changes and warm up their lives. After Bonnie becomes the elderly woman’s part-time caregiver, the McLarens welcome a teenaged international student from Korea into their home. During the Christmas holidays, while the men in the family take the Korean youth along on a Christmas ski trip, the women go to visit the grandmother, inviting Bonnie and two of her friends on an excursion to Victoria. The women also include Nona, Lucy’s young niece who has been left on her own while her mother, far away in Ontario, nurses her gravely ill sister. Nona has the support of another woman, a middle aged social worker-turned-friend named Ms. Malinsky, who manages to emerge from a decade-long bereavement. The new friends bond by the time the birthday party takes place, and the characters find comfort, strength and inspiration from the association with each other. The old woman turns over a new leaf and schemes to find Bonnie a date for the birthday party, while the Korean boy refuses to go home and convinces his parents to visit in time for the party. Ms. Malinsky, a guest at the party in the end, becomes a big sister of sorts to Nona while Nona becomes a big sister to Lucy’s youngest child, Trixie. The experience of the big event and the new exchanges serve to rekindle the relationship between Lucy and her husband, and, at the party, the couple pledges to return to romance.
|Publisher:||Barbara J. Waldern|
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About the Author
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and a graduate of Burnaby Central Senior High School and Simon Fraser University, having studied English lit, French, Spanish, applied linguistics, social policy and anthropology.Has been an ESL instructor, a public service employee, and finally an education researcher before going to teach English in South Korea in 2007. There I taught English to children and in university, I also edit academic articles and translated texts. Waldern has always been involved in community and anti-imperialist activism, and is an advocate and network coordinator for teachers working abroad today. Likes languages, films, music, art, nature, walking and general physical recreation. Although writing poetry on and off for much longer, and with many academic publications and presentations to her credit, she's been dedicated to writing fiction and other categories of nonfiction since 2008. Today, copies of her stuff published since 2013 can be found in the special collections of the Simon Fraser University Library. I am currently taking courses in editing.
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