Allan Stratton (AS) is well-loved author currently living in Toronto, Canada. He is about to publish his second adult comic novel “The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish” (Link to Dundurn Press’ webpage for the book) Stratton was kind enough to answer a few questions before he left on a trip to Cuba for me.
1) Am I right in reading that “The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish” is your second adult comic novel? Can you give a brief synopsis of it?
AS: Yes, it’s my second adult comic novel. Quick synopsis: It’s the Great Depression and Mary Mabel McTavish is suicidal. A drudge at the Bentwhistle Academy for Young Ladies (aka Wealthy Juvenile Delinquents), she is at London General Hospital when little Timmy Beeford is carried into emergency and pronounced dead. He was electrocuted at an evangelical road show when the metal cross on top of the revival tent was struck by lightning. Believing she’s guided by her late mother, Mary Mabel lays on hands. Timmy promptly resurrects.
William Randolph Hearst gets wind of the story and soon the Miracle Maid is rocketing from the Canadian backwoods to ’30s Hollywood by way of Radio City Music Hall. Jack Warner, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Rockettes round out a cast of Ponzi promoters, Bolshevik hoboes, and double-dealing social climbers in a fast-paced tale that satirizes the religious right, media manipulation, celebrity, and greed.
AS: Gosh. Sold in over twenty countries; Chanda’s Secrets is taught in various sub/Saharan countries like South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, and also in the States, Britain, Australia, India and other places in English. But other languages? Hmmm. French, German, Slovenian, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Hebrew (next year), Chinese (simple and complex), Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. I get lots of emails from the USA, UK and Canada, and also some from South Africa, Botswana, France and Germany. Once got one from Namibia and occasional the Netherlands.
AS: Have fun!