The Fishers of Paradise

The Fishers of Paradise As Egypt Fisher learns there s a power to be mined in keeping secrets and lies quickly take on a life of their own The boathouse community of Cootes Paradise is under siege The squatters shacks

  • Title: The Fishers of Paradise
  • Author: Rachael Preston
  • ISBN: 9780991720606
  • Page: 367
  • Format: ebook
  • As Egypt Fisher learns, there s a power to be mined in keeping secrets, and lies quickly take on a life of their own.1930 The boathouse community of Cootes Paradise is under siege The squatters shacks that line the shores of Dundas Marsh stand in the way of an ambitious politician s City Beautiful plans When a handsome drifter settles there, Egypt Fisher and her mothAs Egypt Fisher learns, there s a power to be mined in keeping secrets, and lies quickly take on a life of their own.1930 The boathouse community of Cootes Paradise is under siege The squatters shacks that line the shores of Dundas Marsh stand in the way of an ambitious politician s City Beautiful plans When a handsome drifter settles there, Egypt Fisher and her mother both fall under his spell No one expects Egypt s gambling con man father to return after a six year absence But he does and he s furious Unhinged by jealousy and a harrowing brush with the local mafia at a cockfight, he reveals a family secret that sets Egypt s world off kilter and poisons her relationship with her mother When Egypt tries to turn the situation to her own advantage, her lies set in motion a series of events with devastating consequences.The Fishers of Paradise is a story about a family pushed to the edge In striving to cope with the emotional fallout from the decisions made in the past, as well as all that fate and circumstance level at them, the Fishers discover that hope and love can thrive and families can reinvent themselves.

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    1. The Fishers of Paradise by Rachael Preston and set in Cootes Paradise in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the 1930s is brilliantly written! I love the vivid descriptions of the appearance and movement of the characters, the landscape, trails and homes.I was immediately drawn into this story of the Fisher family with Egypt, her young brother Aidan, their mother Laura and their dog George. Rachel Preston expertly weaves trials, tribulations, celebrations and surprises in this amazing coming of age sto [...]

    2. A beautifully written novel full of fascinating history and compelling characters. I lived near Hamilton, Ontario, for a few years but had never heard of the Cootes Paradise boathouse community that was there in the 1930s. Rachel's rich sensory details bring the people and places in this book to vivid life.

    3. A really great fictional account of Hamilton in the 1930s. The book focuses on the Fisher family who live in one of the ramshackle houses that line Cootes Paradise. Laura and her kids are struggling to make ends meet but surviving, until her husband Ray comes back into the picture after a six year absence (and also making an appearance are a handsome drifter). I liked how human the characters were - how they all had their bad habits and choices, and how they had to live with them. It was a reall [...]

    4. Rachael Preston's new book is all about choices--particularly the choices we make rashly--and then the long hard road of living with them. The first domino falls way back in the day, when Laura Fisher makes her first pivotal choice. When the story begins, she and her two children are living with the consequences of that choice, and in this case there is no 'for better or for worse,' it's all been for worse. There are few pleasures in Laura Fisher's life, and just when there might be a chance for [...]

    5. Hamilton history buffs as well as anyone who enjoys evocative settings will love the rich detail and layering in this story. The Cootes Paradise boathouse community as well as the Fishers who live there are in an uncomfortable transition circa 1930. Sixteen year old Egypt crushes on the same stranger with whom her mother begins a love affair. Errant dad and husband shows up at a most inconvenient time, continuing with his dangerous illicit activities. Download it from for a mere $5.99.

    6. Preston has mixed the right combination of historical and coming-of-age novel together here. Her words are vivid – not only in describing scenes but also in expressing emotions of her characters. There is at times a clear feeling between what a character is feeling and the reader experiencing it themselves. This is a book that should be read at leisure – not to be raced through- in order to appreciate the carefully chosen words and phrases that Preston has used.tinyurl/jt5wkh9

    7. Preston is a lovely writer and I've enjoyed all her books, but, I have to say this is my favourite story to date. The plot is well done, the pacing perfect and the characterization impressive. The cast is quite large but even the minor characters are not stock or predictable. I'm still marveling at my response to Laura Fisher and the shocking choice she makes in the end. Preston worked it in a way that Laura is blameless. How amazing is that?

    8. A great read that takes you through through the darkest of nights and back into the light of living with hope without mincing either the darkness or the light. Unpredictability makes it a most difficult book to set aside for tasks that need doing but lose their importance as the story takes over.

    9. Great recreation of Hamilton, Ontario in the 1930's. I enjoyed many things about this book, the atmosphere, the characters, the beautiful language and the plot. I think what I loved most about it though is that it has somehow captured much of the spirit of Hamilton. A magical read!

    10. By now, you guys probably know that I like dysfunctional family stories. "The Fishers of Paradise" definitely falls firmly in the dysfunctional family camp. The Fishers are a mess. Laura, the mother, is just trying to scrape by. Her husband, Ray, is totally an absentee father. He's also very mean and controlling. Egypt, the daughter, is almost grown and is only beginning to realize the secrets that her family has hidden from her. Aiden is much younger and isn't ready to make sense of everything [...]

    11. At the outset I didn't think I was going to like this book, it started with such a heavily descriptive passage, it read like an essay in which someone was trying too hard to fit in adjectives. However, that was fleeting & I quickly got into the story & the characters. That being said, the book resulted in mixed reviews at my book club: some HATED the characters, others liked them. Since the setting is not far from where I live, the historical aspect of the story was a real plus. The main [...]

    12. Reading these latest reviews, I can help but wonder if we all read the same book. I had to force my way to 35% and finally just gave it up. This book is terrible. It just dragged on and on in it's blandness. I rarely give books this low a rating but I just don't see what all the hype is about. The reviews made it sound like a fantastic read and I'm left disappointed.

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