When sixteen-year-old gymnast Kay Clancy finds herself pregnant by the handsome Coach Halliwell, she tells a lie that has dire consequences. Despite her transgressions, she manages to marry the young Joe LeBlanc, and embarks on a happy life with him until suddenly, late in Kay’s third pregnancy, he vanishes, along with his treasured canoe. Joe is nowhere to be found, but his paddle surfaces near a dock in front of the Halliwell home, where the coach lives with his manic but fragile wife, Marie, and their son, Eddie. Years on, Margar, the mischievous daughter Joe never knew, is determined to find her father. Time and again she is drawn to that house by the river. What Margar discovers there will change forever the way she views her family.
From the acclaimed author of Water Wings and The Perpetual Ending, Origin of Haloes is a novel of lives large and small, interweaving captivating vignettes from Olympic history and Greek mythology with small-town Ontario to tell a story of love, betrayal, and loss.
Water Wings was first published in Canada to great critical acclaim. Kristen den Hartog is also the author of The Perpetual Ending (MacAdam/Cage), a novel about twins, love, and the truth found in fables. Currently at work on her third novel, she divides her time between Toronto and rural Ontario.
“Equally heartwarming and heart-rending, Origin of Haloes is an intimate family saga constructed of infinite details, weaving a colorful fabric of disparate lives snagged by shared experiences and knotted together in a secret past.”
Publication Date: September 4, 2004
trim size: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1