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Tending Memory

by Marianne Paul

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list price: $25.95
category: Fiction
published: 2007
publisher: Bookland Press

Abandoned at an early age, one parent simply packing and leaving, the other suffering an unexpected death, Michaela is raised by her grandparents. Precocious and independent, she runs away for the first time when she is four, and for the final time when she is fifteen. To survive on the street, Michaela scams her way to food and a dry place to sleep. She meets Thomas when she hides out in a seminary library, disguising her female body in baggy clothes, passing time reading books on the lives of the church fathers and saints. A scholar and would-be priest, Thomas thinks he is simply doing a good deed when he invites the runaway to stay with him. Michaela doesn’t look like the gypsy traveller she claims to be. Pale as the moon, body rake-thin, hair cropped short and the colour of corn silk, she weaves with gypsy ardor the tale of her Rom origin and her olive-skinned parents. With each new telling, the currents of story and memory shift like the direction of the wind along the open road. To Michaela, home is not a location. She carries it with her in the same way she carries her memories. She is always destined to leave.

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Marianne Paul

A prominent writer of short-form poetry, Marianne Paul has been published in haiku and tanka journals world-wide. Her recent chapbook, "Body Weight", is a collection of the poet's haiku and art, published in 2019 by Human/Kind Press. Paul has won numerous awards for her writing, most recently the Jane Reichhold Memorial Haiga Competition (for art and short poetry combined, mixed media category), the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Festival Haiku Invitational (Canadian Division) and the Shambhala Times Midwinter Haiku contest. Her haiku recently appeared in a chapbook from The League of Canadian Poets, and in the poetry page of The Literary Review of Canada. Her haibun (prose and poetry blend) has been chosen by a selection panel for inclusion in the prestigious Red Moon anthology for writing that was published in 2019. Her novels - "Tending Memory", "Twice in a Blue Moon" and "Dead Girl Diaries" - are published by BookLand Press, as well as her inaugural book of poetry, "Above and Below the Waterline". Marianne lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
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