Thursday, December 11, 2008

Carmelita McGrath imagines a memoir by Camilla Coaker

To Be My Father's Daughter
Written by Carmelita McGrath
with research/writing by Sharon Halfyard
and edited by Marion Cheeks

Educational Resrouce Development Co-operative (ERDC)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

ISBN 978-0-9688806-2-3


"William Coaker shaped Newfoundland's history. He was the man who showed Newfoundlanders that organizing themselves gave them the power to try to make their lives better.

To Be My Father's Daughter is a fascinating memoir by his daughter Camilla, his only child. Although it is in part a work of imagination, it is based upon the unique and hitherto largely-unused papers and photographs which she kept - remembrances of her father, always a distant and remote figure in her life. Sharon Halfyard and Carmelita McGrath have given us an interesting and important book. Fascinating in its own right, the book offers new and challenging insights into one of the most imporant Newfoundlanders of all time."

Honourable Edward Roberts
Former Lieutenant Governor Newfoundland and Labrador

(review quote featured on the book jacket)


Recent fiction by Carmelita McGrath can be heard in the EarLit Shorts audio short fiction series from Rattling Books.