I am pleased to announce that "The Boy Whol Couldn't Die" has recently been selected as FINALIST IN THE 2017 "NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS."
It all seems humorously idyllic; young boys growing up in the 1950s and 60s in a string of small rural communities in a high mountain pass in Southwestern Alberta.
Coal and lumber were king, which meant prosperity and family life flourished. Then there were the boys themselves, particularly young Ricky Callaghan, with a penchant for trouble and often-dangerous mischief. The litany of misdeeds is told through Ricky's older sister, Kathryn.
But, there's something not quite right about the telling, a strange and disquieting other-worldliness that permeates these anecdotes, surfacing from time to time as a reminder that this story is something more than a sisterly reminiscence.
Kathryn's journal, as it turns out, serves to set the stage for a deeper and more troubling story--a story of love, loss, pain and how we as humans deal with the tragedies that can often befall us. The result is a story that will elicit a smile or an open belly laugh in one moment, then tears the next.
The novel is loosely based on the author’s growing up days, but veers sharply away from being biographical as the plot develops.
Rick Gillis was raised in the Crowsnest Pass and became a journalist in his adult years. He owned and operated a weekly community newspaper for a number of years and was active in the day to day reporting and writing of his paper’s content. He spent most of his years involved in the newspaper industry, largely in management roles. He has also built a second career as a visual artist, and has been actively involved in the arts community in Lethbridge, where he currently resides with his wife, Jeanne.
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