Beyond the Shallow Bank: A woman searches for herself amidst rumors of the selkies

Beyond the Shallow Bank: A woman searches for herself amidst rumors of the selkies

by David A Wimsett


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In 1901, women had few rights and no vote to gain them, Artist Margaret Talbot faces a failing art career, a failing marriage and the emotional and physical pain of losing a child in stillbirth and nearly dying herself.

All Margaret ever wanted to do was to be a painter. She fought prejudice and sexual harassment to enter the male dominated world of magazine illustrating. For ten years, she and her husband, John, have traveled the world creating magazine articles that she illustrates and he writes. John has been affectionate and supportive, marching in suffragette parades and losing his membership in a predominate club as a consequence.

Margaret suffers a stillbirth that nearly takes her life. John inexplicably turns cold and callous, withdrawing all physical and emotional contact, even to take her hand.

The Talbots travel to a fishing village where Margaret encounters many people. An elderly woman becomes a mentor and confidant. Another woman accuses her of being a witch. A man carries a funeral urn containing his dead wife’s ashes everywhere he goes and talks to is as though she were still alive. Everyone else in the village talks to the urn as well.

One young woman named Sara skips and jumps and sings nonsense songs. Margaret fears Sara suffers from a deep, childhood trauma, but some in the village say she is a selkie, a creature from Celtic mythology who lives on the land as a human and in the sea as a seal.

Through their influences and her own self-determination, Margaret strives to discover who she is and what she truly wants.

Beyond the Shallow Bank contains descriptive passages of the sea which are wonderfully poetic. The writing in this book has both depth and psychological complexity, as well as humor, in the interactions of its large cast of village characters. Perhaps best of all, for the lifelong reader, it is a book to sink into, put down reluctantly, and wonder about long afterwards.”

Susan Haley

Author of Petitot and Getting Married in Buffalo Jump (The source of a TV Movie)

A portion of the profits from Beyond the Shallow Bank will be donated to women’s causes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775089032
Publisher: Your Story 2 Video, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/13/2017
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

David A. Wimsett has written novels and short stories as well as articles, columns and blogs for newspapers, magazines, corporations, and online platforms. He has appeared on radio and television talk shows and as an actor in musicals, comedies and dramas.

He became a single parent in his twenties and both raised and guided his son into adulthood.

He writes stories that follow characters as they grow and have the opportunity to examine themselves and their place in the world on a deep level. His works are intended to entertain and inform all readers, regardless of gender, while creating strong, complex female as well as male characters who face realistic challenges in their lives.

Mr. Wimsett is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada, representing Canadian authors such as Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, as well as the Canadian Freelance Guild representing freelance journalists and the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia where he sits on the Writer's Council.

He lives in a rural Nova Scotia town near the sea. His author's website is

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