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VANCOUVER, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Margo Bates' debut novel, P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother, brings to life the rough-and-tumble world of Canada's frontier northwest in the late 50s and early 60s. Part fact, part fiction, P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother is based on hundreds of letters Margo exchanged with her strong-willed Irish-Canadian grandmother, Nana Noonan.  

In the book, which centers on day-to-day life in Nana Noonan's hometown of Telkwa, B.C. (population 852), readers are immediately drawn into the small-town goings-on through Nana's letters to her granddaughter, Maggie Mulvaney. Maggie likes it that Nana is Irish. But she has a temper. The one thing that really gets Nana going is Telkwa's only Jehovah's Witness. "That Damn Jehovah!" is the incessant phrase in the hundreds of letters Nana sends. 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 undercurrent in northern and rural Canada in the 1960s -- prejudice. He doesn't like Nana's best friend, a native Indian woman named Tyee Mary. In this humorous and touching tale, Margo Bates 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 with a shotgun.

Nana tells Maggie that 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." Nana doesn't disappoint. 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 characters and comical scenarios that are so much a part of small town life. Everyone needs a bit of Nana in their lives!"

P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother

 

Hardcover, soft cover 6x9

 

Approximately 196 pages

 

ISBN: 9781420890754

 

$13.95 retail price

 

Available at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com

 

Website: http://www.margobates.com

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 is the owner of a Vancouver-based public relations firm, and lives in the Sunny South with her husband and family.

She is an Executive Member of the Canadian Authors Association Vancouver Branch, a member of the Federation of BC Writers and an alumna of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, University of Dayton, Ohio.

Besides writing and public speaking, Margo's hobbies include gourmet cooking, photography and travel. She invites you to follow her on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother is available in paperback, e-book and audio book format. Her second book in the P.S. series is The Queen of a Gated Community. It's in the edit stage. She's currently working on her third novel, The Funeral Follower. A compilation of family memories, recipes and anecdotes is in her cookbook, Favourite Recipes from the Telkwa Cafe.

EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact the author at info@margobates.com or by calling 604-788-9501.

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P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother a story of love, tolerance and lessons learned between a 13-year-old girl and her Irish-Canadian Nana

Margo Bates' debut novel brings to life the rough-and-tumble world of Canada's frontier northwest in the late 50s and early 60s. read more...

Review on PS Don't Tell Your Mother by Kathleen Schmitt

Anyone ... gets the real picture [of life in a small town] in this story of the petty quarrels, competitions, and surprising human tenderness that reveal the way life flows with lots of ripples in Telkwa BC. ... Fun and easy to read ... read more...

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