Mary-Lynn Murphy is the author of the book ‘Finding Grace’ and a life-time poet. Mary-Lynn talks with host Lisa Tucker about dreaming up Grace, and creating her story.
Mary-Lynn Murphy lives in Goulais River, Ontario, north of Sault Ste. Marie, near Lake Superior’s north shore. Her poetry has appeared in several Canadian journals. Finding Grace is her first novel.
Finding Grace by Mary-Lynn Murphy Fourteen-year-old Iris stops speaking after an unsettling event involving her older sister. She later marries; their daughter, Maggie, leaves home for Toronto at age seventeen, cutting off all communication with her parents. In a small logging town, Henry witnesses something that he keeps secret, at great cost. Grace, who possesses an unfettered curiosity about the natural world and a somewhat eccentric artistic aesthetic, fills the yard of her home with bizarre installations. It is Gracehe’s musings about the natural world, human nature, and art that tie the threads together, reflecting the novelhe’s themes of loss and possibility, the shortcomings of language, and the ways in which art and nature can help us to see ourselves more clearly.