Fiction. Women's Studies. When her brother dies in the turbulent water of BC's Thompson River, Isabel sets out to find traces of him in the places he loved. At the same time, she is seeking locations referenced in important literary works by Sheila Watson and Ethel Wilson for a graduate thesis. Her map becomes a cartography of both feminine and personal engagements with landscape and memory. In locating the sources of rich creative expression and by reaching back to ancient ceremonial rituals for death and the afterlife, she finds a way to reconcile her own grief and the writing of BC's early feminist writers whom she fears risk being forgotten.
About the Author
Theresa Kishkan lives on the Sechelt Peninsula in British Columbia with her husband, John Pass. She has published 14 books, most recently Euclid's Orchard, a collection of essays about family history, botany, mathematics, and love (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2017). She has been nominated for a number of awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Relit Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Hubert Evans Prize for Non-Fiction, and won the 2010 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Prize awarded by The New Quarterly. She runs a small press devoted to the literary novella, Fish Gotta Swim Editions, with her friend Anik See.