Colleen Gareau is the author of "My Mother's Summer Vacations" and "Sam(uel)." She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and has lived in Quebec and Nova Scotia. She has worked in public relations for 20 years both as a consultant and in government, and taught PR for two years at a private college. Colleen enjoys literary fiction, especially CanLit and the work of Southern authors. She periodically needs a nature-fix to keep her sane.
My Mother's Summer Vacations
When daughters Angel and Harmony, and granddaughter Kate gather at the bedside of dying matriarch, Celeste Simone, Kate's neatly constructed, emotionally devoid life is thrown into turmoil.
Ancient betrayals boil over as Kate uncovers a old journal that provides her with keys to a secret that will change her life forever.
Lizzie is seventeen, pregnant and on the run from a violent father, a defeated mother and an abusive boyfriend. Then she meets Sam, a trans-gendered sex-trade worker, who offers refuge.
Lizzie is conflicted as her feelings for Sam grow. The two attract and repel, their emotions colliding with their conceptions of their own sexuality including Sam's long struggle to live as a straight female.
Faced with a life-threatening crisis, Lizzie must find it within herself to help Sam before it's too late.