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Susan Riseng Hunter

Lisa Tucker 4 October 2022 1033 126 4

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Taste The Silence

A series of reflections on what joins humanity on a spiritual level, this book allows the reader to pause long enough to begin to contemplate how we are all connected, and provides a glimpse into the importance of understanding our purpose here.

As a young girl, Susan Hunter was beaten up by three boys as she walked home from school each day. When the beatings began, Susan would close her eyes tight and enter the darkness found within, inhabiting what, four decades later, she has understood to be the place of the soul, or deep consciousness. In this book, Susan revisits that place, and listens to the age-old wisdom found there. Written over the space of several journal entries, this work is a testament to the magnificence of the human spirit, of humanity, and the transformative impact of loving kindness that connects us all.


How do those we have lost live on? Susan Hunter revisits the drowning of her three and a half year old brother in this heart-wrenching tale, and helps him be remembered in the telling, even though the two of them have never met. Told in an interrupted style, just like the pain that has gripped her family, this book recounts the author’s memory of being raised by a mother who is filled with regret and sorrow, and the impact of those feelings as the author is growing up. Peppered with reflections on her parents’ and sister’s journey to Canada as immigrants just after her brother’s death, the work will take you into the author’s home, to their kitchen table, and to the heart of this wounded but loving reality. Based on a true story, Fragile will leave you moved and inspired, as it shows how a mother’s love is never-ending, how it reaches through time and space in an attempt to change a tragedy from occurring, and that, sometimes, even time cannot fully heal the loss of someone who is loved so much.


β€œIt’s time to listen to the stories of the Indigenous; we are blessed as a country to look to the wisdom of a really old country.”

gord downie

Susan R. Hunter

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