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This week, Snowflakes in a Blizzard will focus on rebellion.
Pirates, for instance. And Mary Read and Anne Bonny, the focus of William Furney’s historical novel “Black Hearts White Bones,” were rebels within a rebellion, strong women barging into a male-dominated world of cutlasses and cannons.
Bridey McKenna’s rebellion is less violent but no less life-changing. In Marci Diehl’s “What You Don’t Know Now,” she manages to escape from a tour bus journey through Europe (orchestrated by her protective mom) to seek out some experiences of her own.
But rebels can break out at any age. In “Gone to Pot,” Jennifer Craig gives us the story of Jess, who juggles her position as the leader of a senior women’s group in her small British Columbia community with her secret life as a pot-selling entrepreneur.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, MAY 15-21
“BLACK HEARTS WHITE BONES,” BY WILLIAM FURNEY.
Black Hearts White Bones is a “what if” novel about Anne Bonny and Mary Read, two very real pirates who lived in the early 18th Century. The story begins where the sketchy historic records leave off. Instead of being hanged along with Calico Jack Rackham (one of the best names in pirate history) and the rest of his crew, Anne and Mary both “pleaded their bellies,” delaying their executions until their babies were born. The record shows that Mary died of “the fever” while still in prison but tells us nothing of Anne’s fate. A prevalent and plausible theory is that her father – a plantation owner in Charles Town – paid a ransom to have her released from prison.
The prologue of the story begins with Mary Read faking her death (reminiscent of The Count of Monte Cristo) and pledging to one day kill Anne Bonny for leaving her in prison. The story resumes nine years later when Mary stumbles upon Anne who is living a life of obscurity in colonial Bath. But instead of killing Anne, Mary Read decides to execute a more sinister plan before leaving Bath forever. The story that follows is one of obsession, vengeance, betrayal, and self-realization.
“WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW NOW,” BY MARCI DIEHL.
Bridey McKenna’s graduation present is meant to be the ultimate mother-daughter vacation, during the one of history’s most important summers — the summer of 1967. Eighteen and in Europe for the first time, nothing is what Bridey expects. Her mother wants to keep her hermetically sealed on the tour bus, safe from all harm. “Harm” in her mother’s terms means having any experiences at all.
Bridey’s chances for adventure, romance and enlightenment look slim-to-none until she arrives in Umbria and meets Alessandro — someone who could change everything about her future. Alessandro is no ordinary singing waiter and he’s the last person on earth her mother wants in her daughter’s life. Bridey’s only hope for things to get better is to connect in Rome with her worldly aunt and uncle — a man who holds a position at the British embassy in Jordan that no one ever quite… defines. When an emergency takes Bridey off the tour, on to Athens and farther into that world than she ever imagined, the complex terrain of family, love and womanhood holds a surprising itinerary. In the summer before college, it’s the education of a lifetime.
“GONE TO POT,” BY JENNIFER CRAIG.
After losing her job and learning she might also lose her house because of a bad investment, Jess, a fiercely independent and hilariously wry BC grandma, resorts to growing pot in her basement to make ends meet. She then has to juggle her public life as a grandmother and member of the town’s senior women’s group – The Company of Crones – with her secret life as a pot grower. The unusual characters she meets along the way include Swan, the enigmatic young woman who introduces her to the grower’s world, and Marcus, the socially awkward “gardener” who shows her the tricks of the trade. Both of her new young friends are more than they appear, and Jess’ adventures in pot growing break down barriers in both her old and new circles. The delightful outcome of an almost legitimate business leaves Jess and her associates flushed with success.