After being renamed by her dying mother, Christine accepts her new name—Lena. But the name holds a painful and terrible secret. Her acceptance of it comes with the burden of guilt and the reminder of her own shame. Christine has remained silent about the events surrounding her renaming and the real meaning of “Lean-a” for twenty-two years. She is now thirty-four years old, compelled to confront her past because her marriage of eight years is threatened by her and her husband’s mutual silence. But her silence is more than just about her name. The women around her have also been silent. But as Christine discovers, the reason for their individual silences, including her own, all comes down to what’s in a name.
About What’s In A Name
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 What’s In A Name, my first novel. This theme is helmed by strong subject matters, including abuse and death. But the details of abuse are muted in keeping true to the central focus of the novel: that silence and secrets dog human pain and suffering. Nothing, however, stands in the way of Dell-Dell, a seventy-five year-old woman who has suffered incredible abuses throughout her lifetime. But silence stands in the way of the life of Christine, the thirty-four year-old protagonist. A woman who has been beholden to a past similar to Dell-Dell’s, she goes to Jamaica on a journey to confront the man who was her father until she turned twelve years old. But after Dell-Dell and Christine have met, the story takes an unforgettable turn.
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 compelling subject matter of What’s In A Name.
Available now on Amazon in paperback and eBook format in March 2019.
Author page: amazon.com/author/gariemcintosh