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ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-695-7
ISBN 10: 1-55017-695-1
B&W photos and maps; 45 colour photos in photo insert
5.5 x 8.5 - 264 pp
March 2015
CAD$22.95 • USD$22.95

Disaster in Paradise

The Landslides in Johnson's Landing

Book Description

On the morning of July 12, 2012, Mandy Bath left her picturesque home and garden in Johnsonís Landing, BC, for a day trip to nearby Kaslo. She had no forewarning of what the placid summer day would bring. But just over an hour later, a massive landslide tore into the community, destroying her home and killing four people: Valentine Webber, aged 60, and his daughters, 22-year-old Diana and 17-year-old Rachel, along with 64-year-old Petra Frehse. Returning the next day to search for her cat, Mandy narrowly avoided being buried beneath a second slide.

Disaster in Paradise tells a story of survival, grief and recovery, as Mandy and the other residents of Johnsonís Landing gradually rebuild their community in the wake of the tragedy. Mandy eloquently details her own experience of trauma and healing, and weaves in the stories of other residents and volunteers in the rescue and recovery missions as the community bands together to collectively mourn their loss. The story is grounded by the authorís intimate knowledge of the Johnsonís Landing community, but also reflects the greater themes of loss, perseverance and bravery that arise in natural disasters everywhere.