Raising Orion

Raising Orion

Book - 2010
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Raising Orion tells the tale of an eccentric, timeless woman, Molly, a second-hand bookshop owner, and her childhood as the daughter of the last lighthouse keeper of Devil's Island at the mouth of the Halifax Harbour. At its core, Raising Orion is a novel of discovery, and a chronicle of intense individualism where to believe you can set the stars in the sky will make it so.

Molly is an enigmatic person, powerful over her own destiny. She is at the centre of an eclectic, unlikely group of people - customers of her bookstore that have become her friends - searching for meaning in their own lives through the books they find in her store. Their test begins when Molly is on the verge of being criminally charged for interfering with authorities in rescuing a young cancer patient. Her dedicated book-customer friends must help save her, which, given Molly's eccentricities, philosophical outlooks, and strong independence, isn't an easy task.

Publisher: Saskatoon : Thistledown Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781897235805
Branch Call Number: CHO
Characteristics: 249 p. ;,22 cm

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Cdnbookworm Sep 06, 2011

Eric wakes up in the hospital after nearly freezing to death in the Arctic. Molly runs her used books store in Halifax and lets a group of young musicians use it for practice space. Todd is fourteen and seriously ill in the hospital. This book shows how these characters interact with Molly as its center. Molly grew up as the daughter of lighthouse keepers on Devil's Island off the coast of Halifax. She reflects on her early life as she tries to comfort Todd and is also reminded of her own life-changing event at the age of fourteen.
This is a novel about interactions between people, the effect we have on others lives, and the interesting linkages between people over space and time. How we connect to others is deeper than we sometimes think, and the ways we can offer support are varied. I loved this book and how it made me think about these things. Highly recommended.

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