a myth, a reality
By EILEEN M. CARLTON / Times-Mirror Staff writer
Robert Frost would be proud. Author Holly Morrison will choose
the road less traveled every time always surprising others and
sometimes surprising herself.
Her latest book under her pen name H. Reese Scott is a departure
from her usual path of children's literature.
Then again, it does not travel the road of adult fiction either.
Listening to Morrison, one gets the impression the elements cleared
their own path with the plot and characters of “Embracing
Emily” leading Morrison into a world that she found both
wonderful and a little alien.
The book actually began in Lovettsville with the death of her husband,
John Morrison, and ended in Estonia following a near fatal accident
John Morrison, an engineer, died unexpectedly. When he went into
the hospital for tests, Holly Morrison went in as a wife and came
out a widow.
“We had been to Russia within a couple of years prior to
all this,” Holly Morrison said. “My husband had thought
that we might relocate there; it was 1993 and it had just opened
up [after the fall of the Soviet Union] and there was massive construction.”
A widow can take many different paths after the death of her husband,
but few just up and head for a place on the other side of the earth.
Estonia is a place where the language is so difficult it is second
only to Cantonese in difficulty for an English speaking person.
Nevertheless this is where Morrison decided to go in 1995 with
her two daughters. Jessica at the time was 11, Erin 7. Two older
children who were grown stayed in the U.S.
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