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ISBN: 9781772802900
format: Paperback
pages: 190
publisher: McNally Robinson P.O.D.
pub. date: 2019-11-17

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Scarred commences with a father’s failure to return from a walk to the corner store for a loaf of bread and a pack of smokes, leaving a pregnant, forty year old mother and her seven year old son in a world of making-do, getting by and hope. Scarred is the decade long story of their journey.

The mother lives with the goal of providing for her 3 children by keeping a roof over their heads, food on the table and clothes on their backs. Her life is one of checks and balances and making 5 pounds of hamburger feed four for a week. She prays at the side of her bed and questions God about surviving the harsh judgment of others, how to raise her son to become a good man and learning how to breathe. She doesn’t find many answers.

The son lives with the goal of not getting “the shit kicked out of him” on a regular basis by the town gangs. He collects bottles for return deposits to support his family, picks up people’s garbage and scoops their dog shit. Often accompanied by two friends, they scuttle along the bottom social rungs of a small town and surprisingly emerge on top of the ladder, from time to to time.

The son gets two “star” turns on the CBC National News which may be ironic or iconic, he doesn’t know. He prays for a few less one-sided fights, not to be scared all the time, a better life for his mom and a tad more courage.

The RCMP and the local police have an interest in both the mom and her son when a man dies and there is uncertainty surrounding his death. The “why” of the possible murder is never in doubt.

Their prayers may go largely unanswered but they manage to weave through abandonment and abuse to some form of ascension.


Michael McMullen was born and raised in Orillia, Ontario and after living and working in numerous North American cities he has lived in LaSalle, Manitoba since 2001. Michael has a BA from the University of Guelph, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, and holds the ICD designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. Michael and his wife Debra have been married 41 years. They have three adult children and two, soon to be three, grandchildren.

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