Beautiful Communions

Beautiful Communions

by Des Kennedy
  • english-from-canada
  • from-british-columbia
  • literary

Chrissie Crosby is young, split-second smart and completely pissed off at nearly everything. Ginger Flynn is pushing eighty and still seeking answers the way wise people do. These two have much to show each other. Years earlier, a charismatic young professor, Nigel Childes, captivated Ginger while she was one of his students. Their furtive romance and eventual wedding appalled Ginger’s parents, resulting in the family home, Stone House, falling into the hands of a questionable religious sect. After twelve years of marriage, inexplicably, Nigel left his pregnant wife and child and was lost to them for what seemed like forever. The daughter, Irene, suffered deep wounds inflicted by her father’s abandonment. Her brother Peter was burdened by guilt and sorrow from a tragic accident for which he blames himself. He and Chrissie will enact an unconventional confession and communion, as will Ginger and Irene. As climax to a tumultuous year, Professor Childes reappears, knocking everything off kilter. Observing from the sidelines, Shep, border collie extraordinaire, maintains the bemused detachment appropriate for most human affairs.

With short chapters and point of view shifting among the characters, this is a story of compassion, forgiveness, and the intimate connectedness of birth and death.


Des Kennedy, author

Des Kennedy is a novelist, satirist and gardening writer. Three of his nine books, fiction and non-fiction, have been shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour. His body of work includes the writing and narrating of numerous documentary films and television programs. Active for years in environmental and social justice issues, he and his partner Sandy live in their hand-built Gulf Islands house amid gardens and woodlands.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Ronsdale Press



rights available: World, excl. Canada

Additional Information

age range: Adult

number of pages: 312

publication date: 05/31/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book