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Heron River takes flight

Tim Wolfert
Monday, April 02, 2012

Prof. Cook and his most recent novel profiled in Spectator

Earlier this year, Professor Emeritus of English Hugh Cook launched his latest book, Heron River to very favourable reviews in publications such as Pickle Me This, Cardus’s Comment and the Englewood Review of Books.

On March 30,both the author and the book were featured in the Weekend Reader section of the Hamilton Spectator.
The Spectator calls Heron River“ a work of literary fiction that is thematically dark yet absorbingly comic.” The story is set in a small Ontario town. Madeline Harbottle, a woman with a debilitating illness, seeks solace from the pain of the past and the challenges of the present. Her son Aaron, damaged from a tragic childhood accident, finds security in his routine existence, until he falls prey to a cunning deception. Jacob Cunningham, a gifted thirteen-year-old boy, harbours a dark secret that he must confront in order to be whole. A young female police officer named Tara Burnaby tries to solve a string of break-ins following the murder of an elderly woman, and the previously staid small town reacts anxiously to the fact of a killer in their midst.

The novel explores human error and redemption, tragedy and triumph, and confronts the possibilities for human forgiveness and love amidst adversity.

Professor Cook was one of Redeemer's original faculty members and retired from full-time teaching in 2005. But he hasn’t slowed down too much; beyond this – his fourth book—Hugh will also be one of the featured authors at this year's "Festival of Faith and Writing" at Calvin College, April 16-19. For more information on Heron River and his previous works, visit www.hugh-cook.ca.