Debbie Pierce has it all. The former Miss America lives an enviable life in Southern California with a modelling career, a doting husband, two kids and all the fashionable clothing money can buy. But somehow, it isn't enough. Image-obsessed Debbie is plagued by dissatisfaction, anxiety and an unquenchable desire for admiration. Her two children, neither beautiful nor charming, become petulant and resentful in the face of her ill-concealed disappointment, acting out in ways that have far-reaching consequences for the entire family.
Told from the perspectives of eleven interconnected characters, Plastic is a story of loneliness and longing, of alienation and acceptance and of the never-ending pursuit of the American Dream.
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In 1989 Don Hunter's short fiction collection "Spinner's Inlet" (Horsdal and Schubart) rode he B.C.best sellers list for eight months and was short-listed for the Leacock Medal for Humour. The stories of characters and events in a fictional Gulf Islands community, had their beginnings in the Sunday Magazine of The Province newspaper. Thirty years later some of the same characters are still around, older and (possibly) wiser.
The launch for "Return to Spinner's Inlet" will be held Saturday Nov. 2 from 4- p.m. at the Fort Langley public library, south end of the community Hall on Glover Road. A short reading (one story), then open discussion.
Refreshments will be supplied, books available for signing and sale
Everyone knows everyone’s business in the small fishing community of Kitsum. When young Brenda Joe gets pregnant and quits high school, the news spreads quickly. Things look up when Brenda’s favourite aunt returns to visit and Brenda can reveal her secret relationship with the baby’s father, a local man from a hard-partying family. When Aunt Monica goes to set him straight, her actions trigger a chain of events that neither of the women would have ever expected.
When spring finally arrives with the annual herring spawn, after a long winter of family scandals, how are people able to face one another?
Delia Buckley hasn’t seen Daniel Wolfe in twenty-two years, ever since he’d abandoned her and their unborn child. But now here he is, back in Kiltilly, knowing all about Delia’s family troubles and wanting to employ her to nurse him in his terminal illness. Desperate to hang onto the family farm and keep her sister Maggie in the care home she’s lived in for years, Delia is in no position to turn down Daniel’s very handsome offer, but she is determined to leave the secrets of the past buried. Unfortunately, that won't be possible. Set in contemporary Ireland, this family drama explores how our choices — and our mistakes — echo through generations.More info →