Bruce McLean

 

Though this is Bruce McLean’s first novel, he has spent his lifetime writing. He claims that his early experiences include the toughening experience of working as a rivet passer in a shipyard, deckhand on a coastal freighter, logging camp chockerman, and labourer at an oil refinery. But it was what followed that gave him his language chops. He spent thirty-five years as a newspaper reporter and in various editing jobs starting with the Nelson Daily News, Trail Daily Times, the Columbian (New Westminster, BC,) Vancouver Sun, The Province, Globe and Mail, Toronto Telegram, and in London, England at the Croydon Times and Sunday Express. His storytelling in The Mañana Treehouse was inspired by the memory of his wife, Pauline St-Pierre Dion who spent the last seven years of her life with Alzheimer’s. He became what’s known as a ‘bitter ender’, with her all the way.

 

 


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312 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 9781771872058
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Bruce McLean

 Connie Kish is more to be admired than pitied after she’s beset by Alzheimer’s. Rarely the victim, she hangs onto her identity as a wryly intelligent woman, age forty-eight, with a lively libido. She’s caregiver to her overwrought husband, Max, taking him under her wing when it should be the other way round. They’re awash in Alzheimer’s, struggling to stay afloat in this poignant and superbly written love story. It turns sadly comic while they’re flirting with divorce. There’s a new man in her life and another woman in his. Finally together again, even with the dementia closing in, Kish and Max are wonderfully playful in their crafting of a new and adoring relationship.

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