I have three novels and one non-fiction book in print. This is what the media is saying about my books.
“A hymn to nature..”
– The Globe and Mail
“A compelling read..”
– The Globe and Mail
“Her best work yet!”
– The Muskokan
The words above have been used to describe Karen Hood-Caddy’s books. Recently a house guest on Avril Benoit’s Here and Now show on CBC, Hood-Caddy has been compared in style to Margaret Laurence. She writes funny, but pithy fictional books about people who stand for the environment.
Tree Fever, is a lush, sensual tale of a woman,s transformation. When a stand of 100-year-old trees is threatened, Jessie Dearborn-James, a psychotherapist in a small town, is pushed off the branch of her conventional life and gets called an “environmentalist/tree hugger”. One of her clients, who is dying, helps her realize the importance of standing for what she believes in. When she meets Harley Skinkeeper, a part Ojibway man, he takes her through some native rituals that give her the courage to withstand the powerful forces in the town that want to silence her. They become lovers and she discovers her own strong sensuality and a deep commitment to be true to her inner knowing. This helps her repair a deep rift in her relationship with her daughter, Robin, who sides with the developer who wants to take down the trees. The debate heats up and a group of feisty seniors who call themselves the Guerrilla Grannies join in the fight. Funny, sexy, this is a book that will get you believing in good things.
In Flying Lessons, the second book of this trilogy, Jessie and Harley are running a bird sanctuary. When a teenager continually marauds the lake on his jet ski, two loons get hurt, one gets its foot severed. Although Jessie is told to euthanize them (loons rarely live in captivity), she are Harley turn their couch into a nest and make a Herculean effort to save them. Meanwhile, Jessie plots a way to stop the teenager from destroying more of the wildlife she loves. Unfortunately, her strategy results in serious physical injury to the boy. When Alex, a woman on the run for a high profile job in the city arrives at their doorstep, the tension between the rights of people versus the rights of the nature kingdom explodes. Despite the tough issues this book explores, it has a satisfying, redeeming ending. People who loves birds, and loons, love this story.
THE WISDOM OF WATER
Jessie is compaigning to protect the quality of water in her area, when Dan, the man who runs the water treatment plant becomes her client. A sewage spill occurs and Dan covers it up. Many people become gravely ill. When Harley is on the verge of death, Jessie calls a native elder who performs a special healing ceremony to save him. Jessie ends up comforting Dan and helping him work through the disaster his cover-up creates. This is a book about the power of truth and its ability to create positive change.