About Whispers

Published in 2017, this book speaks to one of Canada’s greatest wrongs and its lasting impact on generations of people, related and otherwise. It is a story of how institutionalized bigotry has shaped Canada’s relationship with its First Nations Peoples. It exposes a dark, and until recently, hidden chapter in Canadian history, that of Indian Residential Schools; the effects of which the Canadian Government now acknowledges as being “profoundly negative.”
This story follows the lives of four people and how they come to intertwine in Canada’s poorest neighborhood. Two residential school survivors, who in the aftermath of their incarceration are struggling to adapt to a society that demanded they change, yet shuns them anyway, and two paramedics who are also grappling with the demons of their pasts. Divided by class, race, and a uniform, they each have more in common than any of them suspect.
Based on moving personal testimonies given to the author by residential school survivors living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the author’s career as a paramedic working in that neighborhood, this is a story of love and loss, and of longing and renewal, one that challenges us to see others, and ourselves, in a new light.

About the Author

After graduating from the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Paramedic  Academy, the author spent the majority of her fifteen-year medical career working in Vancouver’s infamous Downtown Eastside. In this her first novel, she delves into the lives, and histories, of the people she came to know while working as a paramedic in Canada’s poorest neighborhood.

 

 


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    Although a sad true life story of the holocaust that the native Americans endured by the hands of government. It is a well written book that I think everyone should read. (Google Books review)

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    What an amazing book. Enlightening, disturbing, and well written. Left me wanting more info. - L.D.

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    I have finished reading and found myself with tears down my face. A beautifully written book.

    I am full of sadness at the devastation that was caused by such ignorance that the government thought they had the right to do this to our people, thank the creator that they never had a chance to get at our family! R.S.

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    ...Thank you for opening my eyes. E.B.

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    Sometimes a book comes along that changes how you see the world, opens your eyes and changes your heart. This is a beautifully crafted book, not only in writing, but in telling a part of our Canadian history. - J.H.

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    I have only read the first 6 chapters and I can't wait to get back to it. The way the story is written, as sad as it is, makes it hard to put down. From what I already know about this subject, while the book is fiction, the story rings true to the real events that happened in Residential Schools in Canada. R.A.

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    Whispers on the Ocean is written with heart. It dives into a dark topic but is delivered with respect and the integrity of the writer shines through. The author sets out to educate and stir the emotions but she also has this story unfold in a way that you feel the characters and want to read on. L.M.

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