I’m the author of What’s In A Name, my first novel, and I’ve got something to say. So, come along with me for the journey.
Rising out of silence, What’s In A Name unsilences the women throughout its pages. As everyone has something that they carry with them, some more than others, the theme of “every woman knows her own sorrows” is threaded throughout this narrative. From Toronto in 1802, when pots and kettles hung from the fireplace, to Toronto present-day, its avenues tree-lined, to the blue water, brilliant sky, and far-away green mountains in Jamaica, these milieus provide the innocuous backdrop for the novel’s compelling subject matter.
What's In A Name
After being renamed by her dying mother, Christine accepts her new name—Lena. But that name holds a painful, terrible secret. Her acceptance of this name comes with guilt and the reminder of her shame and violation. For twenty-two years, Christine has remained silent about the events that precipitated her renaming and the real meaning of “Lean-a.” Now thirty-four years old, she is compelled to confront her past because her marriage of eight years is threatened by her and her husband’s mutual silence.
But Christine’s silence is as deep as the meaning of her name. The women around her have also been silent, so she travels to Jamaica to address the cause of her silence head-on. By the end of this endeavour, Christine embodies the question that the narrative contemplates also by its end: what might a woman’s compromise be if she should face the perpetrator of the crimes against her that Christine herself experienced?