The Fishers of Paradise Kindle Edition
"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
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I am the author of three novels. My most recent, The Fishers of Paradise, chronicles a community under siege from politicians and moral do-gooders, the devastating consequences of family secrets and what happens when mother and daughter fall for the same man. Before that is The Wind Seller, which follows the arrival of a mysterious schooner in a small fishing village and the exotic female pirate aboard who stirs passions and trouble. My first novel, Tent of Blue, alternates between the dying days of English music halls and Vancouver in 1952 to tell the story of a boy and his mother struggling to escape the ties that bind them.
I have an M.A. in English Literature from Queen's University and spent 20 years teaching in post-secondary institutions, 11 of those as a creative writing instructor. Then I tired of listening to myself and packed it all in and dragged husband and dog across country to a small island off the B.C. coast. Currently I chop wood, try to grow vegetables in the lee of a mountain and sell my books over the bar at the Lighthouse Pub. And miss teaching.
Top Customer Reviews
The first domino falls way back in the day, when Laura Fisher makes her first pivotal choice. When the story begins, she and her two children are living with the consequences of that choice, and in this case there is no 'for better or for worse,' it's all been for worse. There are few pleasures in Laura Fisher's life, and just when there might be a chance for her to start over, to get a little happiness, the dreadful choice from the past shows up on her doorstep in the form of Ray Fisher, Laura's sometimes husband. He worms his way into the heart of his nearly-grown daughter, starved as she is for the male attention, and falls himself, surprisingly, for the son he's never met. It's Laura he can't melt, a result of the choices that he's made.
There are no real bad guys in The Fishers of Paradise. Even Ray Fisher, who is easy to hate in the beginning, manages to make us understand him, and eventually, makes us wish things had been different for him. He, however, like all of the characters in this wonderful novel, have made their choices long before, and the only hope left is that the next generation makes better choices. Even still, when the cycle is finally broken for the children, it's heart-breaking.
This is a wonderful, beautifully written book. Rachael Preston is an amazing writer. This is a story that utterly absolutely OWNED me on every page. It's must read.
I can't wait until she writes another.
The family lives in a small Canadian town in the 1930s where everyone is sort of struggling in their own ways. Everyone in their town lives in houseboats, which I thought was really cool. I had never heard of Cootes Paradise before I read this book but it seems like a really interesting place. I always enjoy armchair traveling.
There wasn't really any one character that I liked in the book, except for maybe Aiden. Laura has made some really bad choices in her life and doesn't seem to learn that it's not too late for her to do things differently to better support her children. I found myself getting very frustrated at her. I really wanted her to change and start making some more mature decisions instead of running away. Ray just did not do anything for me. Again, he never really wised up and matured. Egypt seemed a lot younger than she was supposed to be in the book. I really wish that we could have seen her acting a little more like the almost adult she is supposed to be! I think that I would have liked her character a little bit better then!
This book was written in the third person, present tense point of view, which made for a very interesting reading experience for me. I think this can be a really hard point of view to write in.Read more ›
Choices, choices of evil, choices of passion, and choices of sacrifice and love. Choices of selfishness. This is an unforgettable story. It will haunt and inform your own life.
Rachael Preston writes with a powerful sense of immediacy. You will feel as if you have lived in the conditions and homes and hearts of her characters. You will share their uncertainties, hopes, and fears. There is a little joy hidden in the corners of this story as well, some hope for the human condition and the future of the main characters.
This is a terrific read. Highly recommended.
Yes, it is a strong as her two earlier novels. Maybe more powerful. Read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading these latest reviews, I can help but wonder if we all read the same book. I had to force my way to 35% and finally just gave it up. This book is terrible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SuperReader
This was a very depressing story with no good plot and an even worse ending. Riddled with typographical errors. Not worth wasting your time on.Published 22 months ago by Reader
This is an amazingly crafted book. The characters are believable, and I found myself being alternately sympathetic toward and angry at most of them. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Dina G.
Cover - It's symbolic and carries meaning to the story as a whole. Loved it.
Formatting / Appearance - There were no issues at all. Read more
Full of secrets, lies and deceit, this book is a page turner from start to finish. Moments so tense it had my heart racing, moments that made me smile, and moments so poignant I... Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Michele H
The present tense took some getting used to but this does not reflect the author's writing style, I am just used to reading books in the past tense. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Ravina Andrea Kurian
Meg's review sums up for me why you are likely to find people who love this book and people like me who can't get past the first few chapters: "By now, you guys probably know that... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Just An Ordinary Gal
I was engaged enough to finish it, but it didn't really draw me in. What I did find interesting were the notes about the historical events upon which it was based.Published on December 6, 2012 by M. Anderson
Enjoyed the family tension and dynamics between grandparents and children and parents and children. Some sizzling scenes. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Kim Jensen
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