Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Mourning Dove by Emil Sher

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Mourning Dove by Emil Sher

Playwrights Canada Press, 2005

Based on an award-winning radio play and inspired by a true story, Mourning Dove explores the unspeakable dilemma faced by Doug Ramsay, the father of a severely disabled girl. A life of pain is the only life 12-year-old Tina Ramsay has ever known, and Doug is not convinced her next operation will make a difference. His wife, Sandra, believes it’s their only choice. Keith, a family friend with challenges of his own, busies himself carving a dove to accompany Tina at the rehab centre where she’ll recover. When Doug takes matters—and Tina’s life—into his own hands, no one is prepared for the fallout. Relationships are ruptured, assumptions are turned inside out. Mourning Dove asks difficult questions about mercy killing, familial loyalty and personal ethics versus public morality.

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