By Michael Mitchell
Molly, an eighty-year-old artist, drowns in her tub whereas dwelling on my own on Vancouver Island. whilst her son, Toronto author and photographer Michael Mitchell, arrives tomorrow he unearths a studio jam-packed with her work and a treasure trove of relations papers that take him on a romantic trip to the some distance corners of the area and again so far as the early 18th century. Illustrated with Molly's artwork and her son's evocative pictures of her empty condo and studio, The Molly hearth collages dance playing cards, struggle diaries, menus, naval dispatches, and information experiences to create a vibrant and relocating memoir in addition to a poignant meditation on loss and identification.
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Molly, an eighty-year-old artist, drowns in her bathtub whereas dwelling by myself on Vancouver Island. whilst her son, Toronto author and photographer Michael Mitchell, arrives the next day to come he unearths a studio filled with her work and a treasure trove of relations papers that take him on a romantic trip to the a ways corners of the area and again so far as the early 18th century.
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