Beyond the Bosphorous is the story of amateur sleuth and dedicated do-gooder, Caroline, who stumbles onto a mystery while on an innocent holiday in southern France. Acting on impulse and alone for the first time in years, she is determined to do what she thinks is right, even though it takes her out of her comfort zone and up to the small village of Vergers-en-Ciel. Prejudices and misconceptions cause her to make some serious miscalculations and she ends up being drawn into the fascinating lives of the Rom, Gypsies camping on the foothills of the Pyrenees. All the while, memories of her French-Canadian upbringing intrude. Raised by her grandparents in the Acadian village of Shediac, she has reason to seek redress for a childhood complicated by parental abandonment, precocious sexuality and emotional trauma. In a wise journey that never loses its sense of humour, Caroline comes to question the ways her past has informed her, and ultimately finds safe haven for herself.
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Elizabeth Morantz is the author of Taking Care of Alabama (Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1993) and City Safari: A Family Guide to Daytrips in Nova Scotia (1983). She is also a contributor to Prairie Fire Magazine (1996) and has written numerous short stories. She began her writing career in Halifax, Canada, after a short story, Cleaning Day, won her second prize in a competition held by the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia (1986). Taking Care of Alabama made the Canadian Library Association’s List of Notables and was short-listed for both the Young Canadian Adult Book Award and Nova Scotia’s Ann Conor-Brimer Award (1994). Prairie Fire Magazine short-listed Letters from Zichron Ya’acov for the Western Magazine Awards in 1997. A University of British Columbia graduate, she later earned an editing certificate from Simon Fraser University’s Writing and Publishing Program. Her volunteer commitments include a five-year involvement with Canuck Place, a hospice for children with life-limiting illnesses. Wishing to stay near to grandchildren and children, she divides her time between Vancouver, New York City, and a lakeside retreat in British Columbia’s peaceful Okanagan Valley.
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Book Description BookSurge Publishing, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1439248249