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Of Water and Rock


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Of Water and Rock

Of Water and Rock derives its power from the basic human need for connectedness and belonging. When Torontonian Edward Hamblin steps off the plane in Barbados, in the winter of 1969, he crosses more than the tarmac at Seawell Airport. As he navigates the island’s racial and cultural boundaries, he leaves behind an empty life of comfort and discovers a vibrant world of simple beauty, an undiscovered family, and reconciliation with the memory of a long dead father.

Powerful converging themes give the novel an emotional strength: Edward Hamblin’s immersion into the post-colonial culture of Barbados, his unresolved animosity towards his long dead Barbadian father who deserted his family when he was young, the poor black peasant farmer, Sissy Braithwaite, and her unrequited love for an abandoned daughter, the wealthy white Mary Collymore’s disconnected life of privilege and racial intolerance. After Sissy’s death, when Edward discovers his Great Aunt’s diary, the apparently disconnected threads are drawn together. As well as revealing the true relationships between the protagonists, Edward hears his father’s voice, comes to understand and pity the man that he has for so long despised, and resolves to unite his newly discovered family in a way his father never could.


Awards

In 2009, Of Water and Rock was entered in the Frank Collymore Literary Awards, where it won second prize.

Author Biography

Thomas Armstrong grew up in the suburbs of Toronto and earned a degree in Physics from the University of Toronto and later a degree in Computer Science from York University. He worked as a computer programmer and software writer, primarily in the financial services area. He began to write fiction in 2002. In 2009, Of Water and Rock was shortlisted (2nd Place) for the Frank Collymore Literary Award. Laterin 2010, it won The George Lamming Award for Literary Excellence. Armstrong passed away at the age of 60 in 2013.


Of Water and Rock, Thomas Armstrong, 334 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, Novel, April, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-897190-59-3 (paper) . . . $19.95

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Why Cats Hate Birds, Thomas Armstrong, 150 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, April 2014, Short Stories— ISBN: 978-1-927599-26-6 (paper) ... $18.95 — ISBN: 978-1-927599-27-3 (Hard Cover) ... $34.95

 



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