If you’ve ever considered throwing your safe and comfortable lifestyle over the cliff to begin anew, you will to relate to Kay Lange’s challenges in Practice of Her Profession.
With no home, no relationship, no apparent income, Kay leaves her long term employers, sells her beautiful Montreal home, and purchases a somewhat rundown building in a somewhat shady area of Hamilton, Ontario. Her motivation was independence, but more importantly, to reestablish a relationship with her estranged son.
Armed with a shaky business plan, Kay proceeds to find her way forward. I found myself rooting for her success as she faced a variety of obstacles and issues. Anne Milne
Bettianne's ability to create a rich and authentic story, full of complex characters, is a glimpse into what it means to take a risk. At its core, there's a conversation about art and philosophy, but this novel speaks so much more to those of us who find home in a new city, the challenges that brings, and the rewards of a fresh start. Timely, thoughtful, and very, very Hamilton. Cameron Kroetsch
Great read! 5 stars. While I am not from Hamilton, the issues the author addresses are real; from gentrification to gender identity and tired stereotypes, to the tenuous, tender, or even tortuous relationships between generations. As a piece of literary fiction, Kay's story has a real-life story arch with all its highs and lows -- As an art enthusiast, now author, Bettianne Hedges really provided me a wonderful art appreciation education; the art, the artist, and where it hides, is hidden in plain view, and how and when it beautifully reveals itself to us and others. While we are oft' taught to 'not judge a book by its cover', in this case, please do; "The Orchid" by artist Shane Norrie is the perfect match of context x content for the "Practise of Her Profession". Eagerly awaiting the next installment of Kay's story. Bruce Sibbick
I finished your book a few days ago with a smile on my face. It was fun to read and reflects the enjoyment I am sure you had in writing it.
....With so many references to the places we know and love in the north end, my attention was hooked from the beginning. You also managed to develop some delightful characters, and it was a relief that you were able to bring the plot to a satisfying conclusion.
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