The Day the Falls Stood Still
By Cathy Marie Buchanan
(Hyperion, Paperback, 9781401341367, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 2010
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“A wonderful love story . . . Buchanan weaves Niagara Falls’ history and her storytelling together masterfully.”
1915. Niagara Falls. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era. Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath, who has led a sheltered existence as the younger daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company, meets Tom Cole by chance on a trolley platform and finds herself inexplicably drawn to him—against her family’s strong objections. Tom is not from their world. Rough-hewn and fearless, he lives off what the river provides and has an uncanny ability to predict the whims of the falls. His daring river rescues render him a local hero and cast him as a threat to the power companies who seek to harness the power of the falls for themselves. As the paths of Bess and Tom become entwined, Bess must make a painful choice between what she wants and what is best for her family and her future.
Cathy Marie Buchanan was born and raised in Niagara Falls and lives in Toronto. A graduate of the Humber School of Writing, her fiction has appeared in some of Canada's premiere journals, including: The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly and Toronto Life. She is the recipient of grants from both the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.