Sheila Martin’s dismal childhood is irrevocably transformed when Sigmund Maier, the family’s enigmatic German tenant, introduces her to opera, music and much more. When he reappears in her adult life, Signmund asks for her help with an immigration issue. Would she now discover the truth of why he vanished years ago?
Sheila soon discovers that “truth” has no clear definition and memories are nebulous as she is drawn into the turmoil and accusations surrounding his life before and during World War II.
Moving back and forth in time, this novel explores the ambiguity of human emotion – how our natures can embody both the ideals and delights of love alongside the most base and dispassionate sensibilities.
About the Author
Ruth E. Walker’s first submission won Canadian Living magazine’s 1996 short story contest. Since then, her fiction and poetry have appeared in Canadian publications such as Geist and Prairie Fire, in the U.S. in the Utne Reader Online and Literary Mama, and in the U.K. in Chapman and Rain Dog. She is a founding editor (1999-2007) for the Canadian journal LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview. Her work has also appeared in Canadian Architecture and Design, Metroland newspapers and, for the past eleven years, on the desks of various politicians and bureaucrats in Ontario.