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Deejay & Bettyby Anne Cameron
Synopses & Reviews
Donna Jean ("Deejay") Banwin and Betty Fiddick - ordinary working women and the heroines of this novel by bestselling writer Anne Cameron - are living proof that the common woman is about as common as a thunderstorm.
When the story opens, DeeJay and Betty don't know each other. They're about the same age, and they're both growing up low-rent in small BC cities, in families that give 'dysfunctional' a whole new meaning. DeeJay's mother has a weakness for junk and violent men, and Betty gets left alone at home when she isn't being raped by her stepfather.
But the survival instinct is a strong one, and if both women grow up angry, they also grow up tough, smart, compassionate and honest. So when their paths cross in the middle of a sexual assault case, DeeJay and Betty are ready to put their heads and hearts together to end the cycle of abuse and pain.
The nightmares won't stop on that very day. But by the end of this shocking, funny, un-put-downable novel, you just know that even if the gains are small and incremental at first, nothing will ever be the same.
"No doily or decorative language, no fancy postmodern structured techniques, just a straight-from-the-heart story."
About the Author
Anne Cameron was born in Nanaimo, BC. She began writing at an early age, starting with theatre scripts and screenplays. In 1979, her film Dreamspeaker, directed by Claude Jutra, won seven Canadian Film Awards, including best script. After being published as a novel, Dreamspeaker went on to win the Gibson Award for Literature. She has published more than 30 books, including the underground classic Daughters of Copper Woman, its sequel, Dzelarhons, novels, stories, poems and legends - for adults and children. Her most recent novels are Family Resemblances, Hardscratch Row, and a new, revised edition of Daughters of Copper Woman. She lives in Tahsis, BC
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