Winner of the 2004 Michigan Literary Fiction Award for novel
A haunting story of the power of death, the pain of loss, and the possibility of hope.
"Gripping, damning, and transfixing."
" . . . possesses a time-bending gravity. . . . A] small classic of graceful language and earned emotion."
---San Francisco Chronicle
When Vera decides to travel to an old house in the New England countryside for a month-long escape from some devastating news about her daughter, Cassie, she has no idea her life is about to change forever. It begins innocently enough peeling the old wallpaper from the walls as a favor to the house's owner.
Ross McIntyre and his wife Jean spent 40 years together paddling the great wilderness rivers of North America. Paddle Beads is Ross's inspirational and moving memoir of those trips and the resultant lifetime journey they took together. For those whose hands have not yet grown a paddle callus, McIntyre offers a glimpse of what to expect as a canoe paddle becomes a real companion.