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      The Turning Year: a memorate

      Richard Tallman

Joy and sorrow, suffering and delight, romance and salvation, life out of death--this book has it all. Read it and laugh, weep, love, and be renewed.  Mary Jane Case, PhD, OCDS (Order of Carmel, Discalced, Secular)



In 1975, a Canadian woman was murdered in Florida ...

David Nansen was no one's hero, least of all his own . . . A failed marriage, a young daughter with a mysterious illness, and a pacifism during the Vietnam War era that landed him not on a newspaper front page or even in jail but in Canada left him adrift, wanting to care but not knowing how. Then Marta's dark beauty entered his life while they were teaching in Newfoundland, completing their PhDs, and awaiting their divorces so they could marry. The future looked more hopeful until Marta was shot and killed. At Marta's wake he met Laura, a Christian of a kind he'd never known before. Completing Marta's thesis introduced David to the writings and person of the Canadian novelist, Morley Callaghan. Although drawn into increasingly bizarre circumstances by individuals and by the machinations of a legal system that did not consider victims' or survivors' rights, David found new hope in the writings of Callaghan and in Laura's faith. But he was falling in love with his evangelist and Laura kept her distance. Richard Tallman's memorate of The Turning Year explores the mindscape of the modern condition, telling of a year of tragedy and redemption, of legal and emotional trials, of human wretchedness and unexpected promise.

Memorate: a story told from memory of the narrator's personal experience; a proto-legend.


Richard Tallman grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and had his first newspaper byline in 1960; he also wrote and published poetry in several little magazines. He studied in the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he earned his BA in English. Richard received an MA (English) at the University of Maine, and in 1974 he was the first person awarded a Ph.D. in Folklore in English-speaking Canada, also the first from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He taught American literature, American studies, and folklore at universities and colleges in Maine, Newfoundland, Florida, Arkansas, and New Brunswick from the late 1960s until the end of the 1970s. Richard and his family returned to Canada, and he became a Canadian citizen in the mid-1980s. For over 30 years he has been a freelance editor in the Canadian book industry, specializing in the social sciences and humanities, and has edited numerous award-winning volumes. He lives on 83 acres in rural southern Ontario with his wife, several cats and dogs, and varying numbers of their five children.

  The Turning Year is a spiritual journey for the main character, David Nansen, and for the reader. The book, though it changes names and reads like fiction, details actual events as they occurred over the course of a year and as they were lived by the author. Beginning with the violent death of the woman he planned to marry, a death in which David knows he shares culpability, The Turning Year follows the main character's interior struggle with grief, his growing faith, his struggles with the legal system, and his awakening to a sense of a larger truth amid all that happened.

264 pages. Soft cover.

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