Kate Preston

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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a few years spent in other cities here and there. Lives in Montreal with her husband, three teenagers and an agoraphobic cat.
She started writing fiction while doing a master's in political science -- she kept wanting the people in her papers to do other things than what they had done in real life. Once graduated, however, she started bringing characters to life.

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A Vintage Year

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Sometimes the unexpected happens – like yesterday when I was chatting with the business owner across the hall from our office. One of her clients was there and had just slipped off to use the facilities. She looked at me and then nodded towards her client’s bag that was resting on the chair. “There are two Olympic medals in there.”


“What do you mean?” It’s not every day you hear that phrase.


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A Vintage Year (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: What happens to professional athletes after they retire? This book is a character study of a professional tennis player now retired. After eight years of living a lavish and jet-setting life Harris Tucker's tennis winnings and endorsements are coming to an end. Only forty years old and on the brink of broke he needs to decide whether to pull himself out of his downward spiral or self-implode. He finds himself working as a farmhand on a vineyard in the Santa Barbara Hills for a family that isn't the least impressed by his former status. Always threatening to leave, he realizes he has nowhere to go. Wrestling with his former self and his new need for survival, he is forced to confront who he really is and whether he has the courage to grow up and start a new life.

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“Most of us are not raised to actively encounter our destiny. We may not know that we have one. As children, we are seldom told we have a place in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or should) find our satisfactions as they have found theirs. Rather than being taugh to ask ourselves who we are, we are schooled to ask others. We are, in effect, trained to listen to others' versions of ourselves. We are brought up in our life as told to us by someone else! When we survey our lives, seeking to fulfill our creativity, we often see we had a dream that went glimmering because we believed, and those around us believed, that the dream was beyond our reach. Many of us would have been, or at least might have been, done, tried something, if...
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