P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother

by Margo Bates



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/18/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781420890754
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781452030487

About the Book

Margo Bates' debut novel brings to life the rough-and-tumble world of Canada's frontier northwest in the late 50's and early 60's. Telkwa is not much different from other small towns or tight-knit neighborhoods across North America. There is always one character or curmudgeon that is larger than life about which the townsfolk enjoy hearing stories. In Telkwa, it is Nana Noonan. Readers are immediately drawn to the small-town goings on through the hundreds of letters to her granddaughter, Maggie Mulvaney. Maggie likes it that Nana is Irish, but she has a temper. There are lots of things that get her going. Telkwa's only Jehovah's Witness tops her list. "That Damn Jehovah!" is the incessant phrase in the hundreds of letters Nana sends Maggie. Living 150 miles apart, Nana and her letters show Maggie the human aspects of life. The Jehovah's Witness is hell-bent on saving Nana. His high hopes on salvation equal her intent to remain as she is: hell-bent on being herself. After all, she is an Anglican. To Nana, the Jehovah's Witness is not just trying to impose his religion - he also represents an ugly undercurrent in northern and rural Canada in the 1960's - prejudice. He doesn't like Nana's best friend, a native Indian named Tyee Mary. In this humorous and touching tale, Margo shows how her Nana stands up to prejudice in the north. She does it the only way she knows how - using her Irish temper and some fine-tuning from a shotgun. Nana tells Maggie it is important to be fair to your fellow humans. As long as they don't drive you to do something foolish. Maggie thinks about the lessons learned at Nana's knee. She writes back and offers suggestions on how Nana might better deal with the Jehovah's Witness. The townsfolk place bets on Nana and the Jehovah's Witness and when they will have their next set to. Cash exchanges hands on a fairly regular basis. Only two people visit Nana more often than her family: Constable Reems of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and her ill-fated devotee, who visits every Saturday, rain, shine, sleet or snow. Nana and the Jehovah's Witness reach a stalemate one fall day in 1960. Nana, her Irish temper and accuracy with a gun get the better of her. And "That Damn Jehovah." Gloria Macarenko, Anchor at CBC Television News, praised the book: "I love the way Margo Bates captures the essence and eccentricities of life in a small northern town, as she highlights the conspiratory relationship between a young girl and her kooky grandmother. As someone who grew up in the north, I can relate to the quirky and comical scenarios that are so much a part of small town life. Everyone needs a bit of Nana in their lives!"

About the Author

You can take the girl out of the North, but you can’t take the North out of the girl. Who would want to? Margo Bates was born and raised in British Columbia’s Pacific Northwest. She lived there until she was in her late twenties and her quick wit and an unusual turn of phrase capture that distinct Northern voice.

An experienced public speaker, Margo is a natural. Interviewers find her entertaining, engaging, and easy to talk to. As a publicist for more years than she wants to count, she understands the media’s needs. She knows when to keep the chat going and when to let the story tell itself.

Margo got her start as a public speaker in grade six. She generated her first review by throwing some humor into the script when narrating her school’s Christmas Pageant. Following the show, the principal said, "Margo is destined for something ... probably a detention." Since then, she’s continued as a keynote speaker, emcee, and host of public and private events.

A traveler, photographer, gourmet cook and author of fiction, non-fiction and cookbooks, Margo also conducts workshops for writers in fiction and humor writing, research techniques for fiction and non-fiction, publicity and social media marketing.

A professional member of the Canadian Authors Association, Margo is past president of the Metro Vancouver branch. She’s also an alumna of the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers' Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio.

She lives in a seaside town near Vancouver, Canada.