Dark family secrets and school bullying are key themes in "Jessica’s Perception," a new novel by Yorkton, Sask., author Marsha Olivia Meadows.
Jessica’s story begins in the early 1950s as she grows up in a small farm community. It is here she is forced to keep secrets of ill happenings bestowed upon her by an elderly uncle and a father with a heavy hand.
Growing up on "the other side of the track," Jessica acquires an inner strength of mind to close out the chiding of fellow classmates and lessons to be learned of life as she perceives them.
Not knowing if all events were meant to be received as such, young Jessica grows through these hardships with the aid of her self-acquired shroud of protection that she has created, wrapped tightly about her being.
Can her dark shroud continue to protect her from the ills about her? Will her life change as time passes? Maybe someday, someone will materialize who can show her the world is not completely saturated with those of beguiling ways.
Meadows, who lived in Manitoba for 27 years and worked in Brandon for a while, has written this book with truths of stories told to her in her career years, by people she has worked with and for.
The true events shared with her have been set to play in the fictional trilogy of Jessica’s life.
"Jessica’s Perception" can be found on Amazon. The second book of the series, "Jessica Awakens," is already in the production stages.
For more information, contact Meadows at 306-783-8692 or email email@example.com.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 26, 2013