Comox’s first novel reflects his knowledge of Russian culture and politics

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dated: 2022-11-19 21:03:21 .

Comox and Denman Island author Stewart Goodings has published his first novel. my friend my enemy Set in Russia, it follows two women, Nadezhda and Alla, who become involved in terrorism and the challenges of friendship at a pivotal moment in recent Russian history.

After a long career in public service in Ottawa and Victoria, Goodings settled in Comox 12 years ago and became deeply involved in the Denman Island and Comox Valley writing community.

He runs the prestigious annual Readers and Writers Festival at Denman and is also an active member of the Comox Valley Writers Society.

Between 1995 and 2015, he visited Russia and Ukraine several times on technical assistance missions to help those countries adjust after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The novel reflects his knowledge of Russian culture and politics.

While the story of two women whose lives are profoundly affected by war and terrorism is fictional, the key incident in the book—the hostage situation in a theater in central Moscow—actually took place in 2002, resulting in the deaths of more than 100 hostages in a callous rescue and carelessness of the Russian leadership. This was the original inspiration for Goodings to write his novel.

My friend, my enemy is published by Friesen Press and is available from Blue Heron Books and The Laughing Oyster, as well as from Friesen Press or through Amazon. Goodings is available for literary clubs or organizations interested in presenting the novel. There will be a book sale at Blue Heron Books in Comox on Saturday November 26th from 11am to 3pm and on Friday December 2nd from 2pm to 4pm at the Laughing Oyster in Courtenay

For more details about the book and the author, visit his website: stewartgoodings.ca

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