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The Forestry Pilot

Gary Tracy for local2 sault ste. marie
October 30th, 2012 at 2:11pm | Last Updated at 5:06pm


I am originally from Sault Ste. Marie and look forward to seeing you at my reading and book signing Thursday November 1st at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Here is a synopsis of what my book is about.

In The Forestry Pilot, a mix of peoples typical of the mid twentieth century Sault Ste. Marie combine to form an extended family. Due to their diversity of inherited cultural traditions and values, they must successfully negotiate with each other their common challenges to achieve a loving family unit. The forestry pilot will become a patriarch of that family mix. On the very first day of his first posting as an Ontario Lands and Forests pilot at a northern Algoma wilderness lake, he must, within an hour, make an irrevocable decision that will be essential to his future personal happiness and the forming of that family. Unknown to him, a very unusual wilderness community awaits his arrival.

Included among the family challenges will be some common to most families. Have children? When? Sacrifice income by having one mate stay at home to better ensure close bonding with the children and a sense of family? Move away to seek better opportunity, or stay in Algoma to better ensure a sense of home with close contact with extended family and friends?

Included among the story elements will be a husband who reacts psychosomatically to his wife's serious disease. Their children being in their terrible twos and terrible fours at the time complicate the issue. We learn the truth about a First Nations people thought to have been extinct for two hundred years. We learn the truth about community colleges. We learn the truth about male/female psychological types. We learn the truth about why Canada has a relatively high percentage of eccentrics.


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