"The Tin Box" is Holly Kennedy's first novel. She lives with her husband in Alberta, Canada.
Kennedy's heartfelt first novel hinges on a long-kept secret of Kenly Lowen, a woman whose loving marriage was forged on a desperate lie. After an ominous prologue, the story begins with 15-year-old Kenly's difficult adolescence: her mother died when she was seven, and she leads a rootless, itinerant life with her heartbroken alcoholic father. They finally settle in Athabasca, a small town in northern Alberta, Canada, where Kenly forms intense friendships with an odd lot-her next-door neighbor Tommy, whose Proteus syndrome symptoms include a disfigured face, and Lexie, a feisty redhead. When Kenly's father commits suicide, Tommy and his mother, Jean, take Kenly in. Her friendship with Tommy deepens to romance, and before Kenly leaves for college, she and Tommy lose their virginity in his tree house. Soon after arriving at Northwestern University, Kenly meets and sleeps with handsome Ross, and they marry when she discovers she is pregnant. Connor, the son she bears, is Tommy's biological child, and Kenly must face up to the deception that may unravel her marriage. The novel's moving conclusion is a testament to love and forgiveness. Agent, Liza Dawson. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Praise for "The Tin Box" ""The Tin Box" is a very special novel by a spectacular new talent. Holly Kennedy writes with compassion and authenticity about the things that matter most."--Susan Wiggs, author of "Table for Five " ""The Tin Box" is a rare jewel."--Robyn Carr, author of" Blue Skies" "I guarantee once you dive into the first pages of this novel, you will not be able to put it down."--Linda Holeman, author of "The Linnet " ""The Tin Box" is nothing if not feel-good fiction. Good triumphs over tragedy, patterns of dark and dubious behaviour are brought into the light before being vanquished, and hope and love reign supreme, with a well-crafted climax that would raise a tear in all but the terminally hardhearted."--"Edmonton Journal" "A riveting, heartfelt tale, Kennedy's novel has a depth of emotion that is both believable and real."--"Romantic Times BookClub Magazine" (4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick) "A story of love for those who don't like love stories. As you read this tale of secrets, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness and undying love you'll find yourself finishing "The Tin Box" is one stretch."--"The Roanoke Times" "A wonderful, poignant tale of forgiveness, perseverance, and the healing power of the human spirit "The Tin Box" is a page-turner and not a book to be taken lightly, but is definitely a good read."--"Romance Reviews Today" "