The Boy Who Couldn't Die

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About the author:
Rick Gillis lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, less than an hour east of where his story takes place and where he grew up. He has a background in journalism and publishing and has founded a number of publications that have served Southern Alberta, including weekly newspapers, a lifestyle magazine and trade journals. Gillis returned to the Crowsnest Pass to pen this, his first novel, taking temporary residence at the Gushul Writers' Cottage in Blairmore. The decision was inspirational and the storyline of The Boy Who Couldn't Die is loosely autobiographical, with a significant plot-twist departure.

The Boy Who Couldn't Die

Authored by Mr. Rick G. Gillis
Edition: 1


It all seems humorously idyllic; young boys growing up in the 1950s and 60s in a string of small rural communities in a high mountain pass in Southwestern Alberta. Coal and lumber were king, which meant prosperity and family life flourished. Then there were the boys themselves, particularly young Ricky Callaghan, with a penchant for trouble and often dangerous mischief. The litany of misdeeds is told through Ricky's older sister, Kathryn. But, there's something not quite right about the telling, a strange and disquieting other-worldliness that permeates these anecdotes, surfacing from time to time as a reminder that this story is something more than a sisterly reminiscence. Kathryn's journal, as it turns out, serves to set the stage for a deeper and more troubling story--a story of love, loss, pain and how we as humans deal with the tragedies that can often befall us. The result is a story that will elicit a smile or an open belly-laugh in one moment, then tears the next.

Publication Date:
1542773555 / 9781542773553
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Biographical

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