Douglas & McIntyre
High Clear Bell of Morning

Book details:

April 2014
ISBN 978-1-77162-023-9
Paperback - Trade
6" x 9"
256 pages
$22.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

High Clear Bell of Morning

“Finally, there’s a novel that explores the unique hell of families trying to help a relative who develops a psychotic disorder.”— Susan Inman, author of After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity

High Clear Bell of Morning is the gripping tale of a father’s love and the extent to which he will go to protect his daughter.

Ruby’s life begins to unravel when she hears voices coming from her closet. It isn’t long before they are with her all the time. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, her treatment goes awry when she meets a drug dealer, Kenny, in group therapy. He introduces her to cocaine, and then heroin, and within a short space of time she is ready to do almost anything for a drug that makes her feel alive.

Unwilling to let her go, her father, Glen, follows Ruby through the streets, catching glimpses of the horror-filled world in which his daughter now resides. Desperate to comprehend her illness, he finds parallels between Ruby and his job as a marine biologist, particularly in the mysterious death of a young whale, found with a body full of chemicals. In a struggle to get his daughter back, Glen commits an unthinkable act that could cause him to lose everything else that has ever mattered to him.

Elegantly told and affecting, High Clear Bell of Morning illustrates the strain on families facing mental illnesses, and draws attention to the inadequate system that is meant to help. At the same time, it celebrates the natural world and sends a cautionary warning of what we all have to lose.

High Clear Bell of Morning lives up to the high praise Eriksson’s writing has received from Robert Kroetsch, Nino Ricci and many others.


"In High Clear Bell of Morning, Ann Eriksson explores a family in crisis: Glen Taylor, a marine biologist studying the body of a dead young orca, also falls helpless witness to the deterioration of his daughter, Ruby, first to schizophrenia, then to the street drugs she takes to mask her symptoms. As his family spirals down, Glen begins to ask the question: what if the same toxins that took the orca played havoc with the developing brain of his daughter? The book is rife with suspense, unforgettable characters, and powerful implications for all of us who share this threatened planet." —Susanne Paola Antonetta, author of Body Toxic

Praise for Eriksson’s previous work, Falling From Grace: “With her keen eye for microscopic detail, Ann Eriksson evokes the awesome beauty and complexity of the Canadian Pacific Northwest landscape, from the perfect symbiosis of flora and fauna to the conflicts, sometimes noble, often tragic, between nature’s ecologies and our powerful human desires.”—Ruth Ozeki, author of All Over Creation

About the Author

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Ann Eriksson is the author of The Performance, as well as four previous novels: Decomposing Maggie (Turnstone, 2003), In the Hands of Anubis (Brindle & ...

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