Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tricia Dower - Becoming Lin - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

It’s 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and the town of Stony River where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites in her a dormant passion for social justice. He tells her war and racial discrimination are symptoms of the “moral rot” destroying the country, conjuring up something dark and rancid in her mind, thrilling in its wickedness. He sweeps her away from New Jersey to serve with him at a church in a speck-on-the-map prairie town in Minnesota. What lies ahead for her over the next seven years is the subject of Tricia Dower’s penetrating study of a marriage and a woman’s evolving sense of self as she confronts the fear that keeps her from an unfettered future. Becoming Lin conjures the turbulent era of Freedom Riders for civil rights, Vietnam war resistance, the US government’s war against the resisters, the push for equal rights for women and the unraveling of the traditional marriage contract—an era that resonates today in tenacious racism and sexism, perpetual war and wide-reaching government surveillance.

My Review

No one addresses the concept of God quite like Tricia Dower.

In her latest release, BECOMING LIN, she picks up where she left off in STONY RIVER, by following the path of Linda Wise, the girl who gave up on God after being violently attacked by a man in the front seat of his car.

So when she falls head over heels for a passionate, young pastor/civil rights activist named Ron, she surprises even herself. Throwing her former doubts about the Almighty aside, "she knows, just knows, God has made her endure the ignominy of remaining in Stony River so she can meet this man."

It seems before she can blink, she's Mrs. Lin Brunson, imagining the good they'll be able to accomplish together as a couple. Unfortunately, her new husband may have a commanding presence behind the pulpit, but in their personal life he tends to spout Scripture verses at the most inopportune times, so much so that Lin exclaims in anguish, "I'm not a lost sheep that has to be found."

Going into their marriage, Lin thought the two of them were going to be equals, yet when Ron informs her that there will be no secrets between them and that her dad has already told him about the assault she went through as a teenager, she withdraws from him. After practically losing her faith over the whole traumatic ordeal, she resents how Ron tries to comfort her by saying, "It's obvious, my love. God was watching over you."

But Lin hasn't asked Ron for his prayers. All she wanted was a fresh start. And being around him day and night, all his Bible talk gets to be too much for her. When she openly resists his attempts to coddle her, he asks her flat out, "What's wrong with me taking care of you?"

Unfortunately, Lin realizes a little too late that she's not cut out to be a pastor's wife. She never wanted anybody to rescue her, and she definitely doesn't want to live the rest of her life under the pressure of having to be perfect. What she eventually does come to understand is her need to find herself. Ultimately, at some point it's up to every person to decide what to believe—about themselves, and God.


Becoming Lin can be purchased at:
Barnes and Noble
Midpoint Trade

Prices/Formats: $12.99 ebook, $22.95 paperback
Genre: Women's Fiction, Historical, Coming of Age
Pages: 240
Release: March 20, 2017
Publisher: Caitlin Press
ISBN: 9781987915075
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About the Author

Tricia Dower hails from Rahway, New Jersey. You can find her on the “Rahway’s Own” website with other individuals the town has recognized for innovation and creativity. A graduate of Gettysburg College and a Phi Mu, she built a career in business before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Her literary work has crossed borders and won awards. She expanded a story from her Shakespeare-inspired collection, Silent Girl (Inanna 2008) into Stony River, which was published in both Canada (Penguin 2012) and the US (Leapfrog 2016). She gave a character from Stony River her own novel in Becoming Lin (Caitlin Press 2016), now available in the US.

The Vancouver Sun says, “Some of the most powerful and eloquent novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries…including Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence and Ethel up what had been cloaked in silence, the oppression of women and their self-discoveries in resistance. We can now add to this important liberation canon the name of Tricia Dower.”

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC.

Links to connect with Tricia:
Web Site

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