Local author and social justice advocate Sheila Murray talks about her debut novel, "Finding Edward."
Born and raised in St. Albans, England, this Hamilton-based writer currently leads a grassroots, volunteer-driven initiative that engages urban residents in adapting to local climate change impacts. Her short fiction has been published in many literary journals.
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About Finding Edward
Cyril Rowntree, a mixed-race Jamaican, migrates to Canada after his mother and surrogate grandfather die. Cyril arrives in Toronto and sets about earning a degree, works two jobs, and begins to navigate his way through the implications of being racialized in his new land. A chance encounter with a panhandler named Patricia leads Cyril to a suitcase full of photographs and letters dating back to the early 1920s. Cyril is drawn into the letters and their story of a white mother's struggle to come to terms with the need to give up her mixed-race baby, Edward. Abandoned by his white father as a small child, Cyril feels a compelling connection to the boy and begins to look for the rest of Edward's story. As he searches, Cyril unearths hidden pieces of Canadian history and gradually gains the confidence to trust his own judgment.
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