Fate and Angus McGrath

November 1, 2004|
Fate and Angus McGrath by Jean Jardine-Miller
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Set in the Toronto area, this is the story of Marilyn McGrath, whose life – together with the lives of her three children – becomes closely tied to the fortunes of the medical devices manufacturing company, McGrath-LaPlante, which is fifty per cent owned by the family of her late, divorced husband. In the early 1980s, her teenage children inherit their grandmother’s shares in the company and Marilyn, herself, is parachuted into a management position with a seat on the board to protect her children’s interests until they fulfill the will’s requirements for their education and take ownership of their shares. The resulting relationships with both McGraths and LaPlantes, the previously unexpected career opportunities and the new and expanded markets for the company’s products during the 1980s and 1990s, result in lifestyle changes to which they soon adjust. They are all continually challenged, however, by the behavioural problems of the young son of Marilyn’s brother-in-law Michael, a once popular NHL star player.

Key chapters, which position and summarize passing time, are told in the first person by Marilyn and various pivotal events are seen from the viewpoint of – respectively – her three children, Danny, Megan and Byron, and Alan LaPlante, who becomes Megan’s husband. In the final chapter, events are seen through the eyes of Angus McGrath, the title character whose journey through childhood ADHD, adolescent rebellion, teen prostitution and drug addiction, rehabilitation, relapse and eventual maturity continually impacts on the lives of the individual family members.
An advertising copywriter, Jean Jardine Miller has spent most of her adult life writing words for other people's projects. Reaching a stage in her life, at last, when time is available for developing the many ideas she's accumulated for the plots and substance of novels, she is now eagerly working on them. Fate and Angus McGrath is her...
Title:Fate and Angus McGrath
Product dimensions:348 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.88 in
Shipping dimensions:348 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.88 in
Published:November 1, 2004
Publisher:Jardine Miller
ISBN - 13:9780973137620

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