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About the Author
Robin McGrath is the author or editor of fifteen books, including Trouble and Desire (1995), Escaped Domestics(1998), Hoist Your Sails and Run (1999), Donovan's Station (2002), Covenant of Salt (2005), and Livyers World (2007). She has published over two hundred pieces in magazines such as The Beaver, Inuit Art Quarterly, Parchment, TickleAce, Fiddlehead and Room of One's Own.
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If you were on your deathbed and remembering the details of your life, what would come to mind first? What would be pushed to the deepest recesses of your mind, not to be faced yet, maybe postponed indefinitely?In 1914, as 84-year-old Keziah Donovan lay dying after suffering a stroke, she reflects on her life growing up in Newfoundland. The early years of the eighteenth century were grueling for pioneers and settlers although Keziah's family were not as badly off as some. Her only offer of marriage came from cobbler, Paddy Alyward, who was somewhat of a scoundrel although she made the best of life with him. After his early death she sold up the cobbler's shop and bought a farm resolving to bring up her three daughters in fresh air. And, although her girls were not thrilled about leaving St. John's, she was delighted to get them away from the stench of the city. In her senior years she fell in love with Paddy Donovan whom she always referred to as Mr. Donovan because she thought it insulting to call "her own sweet man" by the same name as her first husband. When the first railroad was built in the area, her excellent cooking provided the inspiration to open a hotel to service passengers and officials.Donovan's Station is an intelligent, well-written fictional biography, holding the reader's attention with a captivating story. It is an excellent description of life in Newfoundland in the early days. Robin McGrath describes the culture, traditions, and conditions of the times. Photographs add to the authenticity, inserted as they would be in a biography, making the reader wonder if the photos inspired the story.