Ottawa, (PRWEB) May 14, 2005
The plight of missing women and children has captured the airwaves over the last several years. Sigrid Macdonald's new novel, D'Amour Road (now available through Lulu.Com,)discusses this tragic social problem in an informative, entertaining and uniquely Canadian fashion.
Macdonald was the co-coordinator of the David Milgaard support group in Ottawa. Louise Ellis was a member of her group. Instead of taking up Milgaard's cause, Ellis went to bat for Brett Morgan. Morgan was a jailhouse snitch who was serving time for manslaughter. Ellis fell in love with Morgan. She hired lawyers to get him out of prison early, took him into her home and her heart, and he repaid her by killing her in 1995.
D'Amour Road is dedicated to Louise Ellis and is loosely based around parts of her story. However, it is entirely fictional. 39-year-old Lisa Campana is nothing like Louise but they have both chosen abusive mates, they both go missing, and in each instance, their partner is the prime suspect.
The novel covers a wide range of themes including female friendships, violence against women, the possibility of a wrongful conviction, turning 40, addiction, and unrequited love. Although the subject matter is serious, Macdonald's dialogue provides levity as well as wisdom.
Since the story is set in Ottawa, we recognize many familiar sights such as the Bytowne theatre, Baseline Road, and Le Skratch billiard hall.
Macdonald is a freelance writer who resides in Ottawa, Ontario. Her work has appeared in publications such as Justice Denied and The Globe and Mail. Her first book Getting hip: Recovery from a Total Hip Replacement was published in 2004 by Author House. She has been featured in the Ottawa Citizen, CJ0H Nightly News, the New RO, and on CFRA radio. Macdonald has been a longtime supporter of the seemingly disparate issues of women's rights and wrongful convictions. D'Amour Road is her first novel.
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