Author: Morgan Wade
Title: Paper and Rags
ISBN: 978-1-927725-89-4 = 9781927725894
Trade Paperback: 452 pages – 6 X 9
Suggested Retail (Paperback): $26.95
E-Stores: Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Indigo and other e-stores worldwide.
Be sure to check each e-store for the best price on book and shipping as prices tend to vary a lot from e-store to e-store
Local Store: Contact your local bookstore. They will order the book for you – direct them to Hidden Brook Press with the title and ISBN.
Reviewer Free Copy: If you are going to publish a review in a Newspaper or Magazine we will send you a free copy. If you are going to publish a review on your Website or Blog we can offer you a copy at 50% discount.
Paper and Rags tells the tale of Jeremy Castor, a young man from Cornwall, England, forced by a press gang into the Royal Navy. As the War of 1812 comes to an end, he is cast adrift amid the unforgiving turmoil of frontier Kingston. To survive, he must navigate a society that is rough yet highly structured. The town suffers a painful recession and political reform simmers. Despite a paper shortage, broadsheets proliferate. Class warfare is waged daily in their pages. Jeremy manages to get into the good graces of an ambitious deacon, a lion of the establishment, but it’s unclear how long his benefaction will last.
Along the way, Jeremy meets three strong, beguiling women. Lilac Evans strives to escape her indenture to an abusive tailor by practicing medicine on the sly. Amelia Spafford, widowed from an enforced marriage to a colonel many decades her senior, vies to preserve her inherited estate from lotharios and swindlers. Lenore, wife of absent Major Stokes, wishes for a child and fights her loneliness by seeking chance meetings with Jeremy. As they struggle to find meaning and sustenance, the four become entwined with the mysterious Creedence Scriven, a wealthy doctor. Scriven hides a shameful secret. In the end, he and the others must sacrifice their very clothing to make the paper that will see their truth in print. Still, the discovery of Scriven’s secret and its publishing in the local Gazette changes all of their lives forever.
award-winning, best-selling novelist,
author of The Evening Chorus,
Afterimage, and Coventry.
author of eighteen books,
including the creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover,
a finalist for the Governor General’s Award.
award-winning actor and director,
Managing Artistic Director of
Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, Ontario.