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One Insular Tahiti by thea atkinson

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When a man chooses his rebirth, will the mother he selects be able to forgive him?

"My death in '59 came the way I always feared it would: in the claustrophobic underground heat of a Cape Breton coal mine."

So begins Luke MacIsaac's tale of restless afterlife. His life after death is nowhere near what he thought it would be; instead of peace, he finds an unending roll on a sea of memory that stores his entire violent past. Images of war, childhood abuse, and the tortured life of a brother he loved and failed threaten to inundate him.

One possible salvation presents itself: rebirth. The problem is that this newborn girl he selects to be his mother will in her own turn live through tragedies that threaten her soul's well being. Astrid embroils herself in an affair with an older man and feeds her shame with bouts of self injury while she seeks out love and acceptance from her mother, father, and ultimately, the gay youth she betrays.

What Luke doesn't realize, and what Astrid cannot know, is that their souls are linked through a past life too painful for either to remember. For Luke to live again, he must experience all the anguish they went through together. And for Astrid to find peace, she must discover unconditional love.

From tragedy and loss, ONE INSULAR TAHITI is a coming of age literary novel about reincarnation and past lives from a Canadian author that demonstrates how sometimes the greatest light can come from the deepest darkness.

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thea atkinson


The first thing you should know about me is I'm a Canuck--and one from the Maritimes where the water means almost everything to the people who live here. It shows up in my fiction a lot.

I have a dog. I wish I had three or four. I love dogs.

Some of my earliest memories are my fondest: like when my older brother put snakes in my rubber boots and I felt them slithering up my ankle when I put one on to go outside to play. Or when my younger brother pilfered every bit of babysitting money I'd hidden until I discovered the only safe hiding place for money was in the pages of a book. Or when my baby brother somehow got into my Dad's wine and threw up in the bathtub. Ah. The life of a sister. Those boys have given me some memorable images to take with me into old age.

Can I help it then, if bits and pieces of these also characters show up in my fiction in some way or other?

I tend towards literary fiction--or at least I try to. My agent thinks I write dark, and one day we'll find the perfect match of story and darkness to make us both happy.

I've been fortunate enough to write for money, but I prefer writing for passion. I've published throughout the US, the UK, and my home country of Canada in various lit journals, but I'm a novelist at heart.

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Water Witch

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