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Par Sydney Avey. 2014
A feast of family can be a plate load of problems b It s the Sixites…Modernity and tradition clash as two newlywed couples set up house together Dee and her daughter Valerie move with their husbands into a modern glass house Valerie built in a proudly rural Los Altos California neighborhood When their young relatives start showing up and moving in the neighbors get suspicious Then a body is found in the backyard and the life they are trying to build comes undone Father Mike is back to guide Dee through a difficult time with humor and grace even as his own life is unraveling Now he s going to have to take some of his own advice about love The sequel to The Sheep Walker s Daughter The Lyre and the Lambs explores the passions that draw people together and the faith it takes overcome trauma
Par Sydney Avey. 2013
Does it really matter where you come from?In 1953, a war widow’s difficult mother dies before revealing the identity of…her daughter’s father and his cultural heritage. As Dee sorts through what little her mother left, she unearths puzzling clues that raise more questions: Why did Leora send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? Why is her own daughter so secretive about her soon-to-be published book? And what does an Anglican priest know that he isn’t telling?All of this head-spinning mystery breaks a long, dry period in Dee’s life and leads her to embark on an odyssey. She might just as well lose her job and see where the counsel of her new spiritual advisor and the attentions of an enigmatic ex-coworker lead her.The Sheep Walker’s Daughter pairs a colorful Basque immigrant history of loss, survival, and tough choices with one woman’s search for identity and fulfillment. Dee’s journey will take her through the Northern and Central California valleys of the 1950s and reach across the world to the Basque Country.Along the way, she will discover who she is and why family history matters.