What's in a Name: Revised Edition

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Garie McIntosh, Jul 6, 2020 - Fiction - 280 pages

The day turns freezing and dark, a heinous crime occurs and abandonment ensues. It is the last day of school for a twelve-year-old girl named Christine in 1994 in Toronto, Canada.

Twenty-one years later, she finally realizes that her silence about the meaning of her name, which her mother gave to her on her death bed, threatens her survival. She has formed a compromise through her new name, Lena, to survive the events of her childhood.

Accompanied by her husband, she takes the trip of her life to a paradisaical landscape, Jamaica, where she meets a woman who knows about compromising. Christine discovers that both a woman's compromise and her retraction of that compromise can be not only courageous but also dazzlingly infelicitous.

That infelicity is found in the name of a seventy-four-year-old Jamaican woman who now calls herself Dell-Dell.

 

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Contents

Death and Intuition
7
A Mother Always Knows
9
Finding the Language
23
Cooking and Confessions
25
Pleasure and Crime
51
History
73
Reid Brown
75
Mother Laird
117
Legacy
179
Christine
181
DellDell
203
Lukie and Caitlin Bigsby
213
Breakfast in Jamaica
223
Mavis Dell
233
Conflict and Compromise
253
Return
273

Auntie Brown
141

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About the author (2020)

Garie McIntosh considers himself a storytelling-communicator and a grammar enthusiast. His career focus is to write novels and educate others on the effective use of English in literary manuscripts. His objective through this focus is to make the elements and tools of his own success available as an educational component or through an academic discipline of his educational editing-service business, McIntoshLinguistics.


Writing fictional narrative, and grammatical and linguistic pursuits have now been Garie's passion since 2016. He considers that storytelling is analogous to communication. His goal and purpose are to write stories with strong, authentic characters that are defined by strong writing and themes, thereby reinforcing the power of communication. What’s in a Name is Garie's first novel. He wrote it out of an admiration for his grandmother and her wisdom. Visit his website at www.GarieMcIntosh.com.

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