One Who Has Been Here Before

Rebecca Babcock

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ISBN: 9781771089296

One Who Has Been Here Before

  Author:   Rebecca Babcock    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

Contemporary Atlantic gothic fiction inspired by Nova Scotia’s notorious Goler clan.

I move around the side of the house. There is a thick mass of shrubs on the north-east side. Juniper, and caragana gone wild. Without thinking, I pluck a flower and put it into my mouth, savouring the delicate yellowness of its flavour. Now when did I learn to do that? Who first put a caragana blossom on my tongue?

Emma G. Weaver easily loses herself in history. She’s much more comfortable imagining the lives of the dead than getting involved with the living. She pushes down nagging questions about her own history, but when her Master’s research leads her from her safe and comfortable life in Edmonton, Alberta, back to the south shore of Nova Scotia, those questions can’t help but bubble to the surface. And Emma soon finds that the lives of the dead are inextricably linked to the lives of the living, that secrets don’t stay hidden forever—and that everything changes when they come to light.

Inspired by the true story of the notorious Goler clan of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, this work of contemporary Atlantic gothic fiction troubles the boundaries between myth and truth, villains and victims.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771089296
Item NB1493
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on April 20 2021
Language eng
Pages 280
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight0(g)
Status NOT YET PUBLISHED
Rebecca Babcock is an award-winning writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Alberta and a PhD from Dalhousie University. She often worries about being asked for medical help and having to explain she's not that kind of doctor. She has previously published a short story collection, Every Second Weekend, and her fiction has appeared in literary magazines in Canada and abroad. One Who Has Been Here Before is her first novel.

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"Rebecca Babcock has done what most good writers do: taken an old story and made it new again. One Who Has Been Here Before is wonderfully written, evoking thought, questions, and ponderings long after the last page is read. First novel? I'm betting it won't be her last!" —Donna Morrissey, award-winning author of The Fortunate Brother
  

"A contemplative and compelling novel about a young woman's fascination with a notorious Nova Scotia family. One Who Has Been Here Before is an artfully braided book about the power of storytelling, history, and, ultimately, belonging." —Harriet Alida Lye, author of The Honey Farm and Natural Killer
  

"A strong, confident debut novel about a complicated homecoming, peopled with characters you will remember and even almost recognize. Brimming with compassion, One Who Has Been Here Before explores family in all its forms, those we're born to and those we build, those we lose and those we find again." —Rebecca Silver Slayter, author of In the Land of Birdfishes and The Second History