Author David A. Wimsett

Beyond the Shallow Bank

Winner of the 2022 BookFest Award

First place in the Magic, Legends & Lore category — Third place in the Historical Fiction category.

Margaret Talbot has overcome harassment, discrimination, assault, low pay and blocked opportunities to enter the man's world of publishing in 1901. As the novel opens, she faces a failing art career, a failing marriage and the emotional and physical pain of losing a child in stillbirth and nearly dying herself.

She travels to a small fishing village where she meets many people. An older woman becomes a confidant and mentor while another accuses Margaret of being a witch. A man carries a cremation urn containing his wife's ashes and speaks to it as she is still alive. Everyone else in the village speaks to is as well. A self-proclaimed inventor places magnets in a cage of seagulls to turn them into intercontinental carrier pigeons. One young woman named Sara skips, sings nonsense songs and is confused by everyday objects. Margaret fears this woman may have suffered a childhood trauma, but some in the village say that Sara is a selkie, a magical being form Celtic Mythology who walks on the land as a human and in the sea as a seal.

Through their influence and Margaret's own self-determination, she strives to discover who she is and what she truly wants.

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Wall of Donors

The following people generously donated to this novel's crowd funding campaign. Their support is greatly appreciated and has made the publication of Beyond the Shallow Bank possible. Thank you all.

John Blyth • Bruce & Anna Ellis • Linda Levy Fisk • Dale Kerr • Forsythe • William Grant • Dale Kerr • Heritage Lady • Veronica Leonard • Kathe Lieber • Ben Lorincz • Ellen Michelson • donalee Moulton • Eric Ian Patrick • Martha Vowles


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