Growing up in northwestern New Brunswick, Patti loved the Gothic fiction of the Brontë sisters. At age twelve, she found her adoption papers and discovered she had a dark past and another name. From then on she kept two diaries: one in her sock drawer in which she extolled her adopted mother’s virtues and another in the basement written by Rosalie, her alter ego, who used it to glorify Patti’s paranormal and parental adventures.
When they stumbled into the University of New Brunswick at the age of forty, ready to succumb to multiple sclerosis, they discovered that the more they immersed themselves in the works of Moodie, Montgomery, the Margarets, June Callwood and Ann Marie MacDonald, the more their mental and physical health improved.
When the grandchildren moved away, Rosalie cajoled Pat into writing her mystical memoirs. Since they had sacrificed most of their sense of taste and smell to her gym teacher’s miscalculated baseball bat in Grade Five, they spent the ensuing years fantasizing about what it would be like if someone was gifted with an extra-ordinarily sensitive olfactory system — a system so sensitive that it could detect people’s deepest and darkest secrets.
Diving into Pat’s drawers of diaries, six months later, with some assistance from Dr Post, Rosalie emerged with
Scent from Above: The Mystical Memoirs of Patti Post
available wherever fine books are sold.
Westminster, Chapters, Fredericton, UNB Bookstore,
The Fredericton Co-op and Amazon.ca
Rosalie Ann Lawrence, diarist, and Dr Patricia Ann Post, academic, were born at the very same moment to the very same mother, in the very same room at The Evangline Home for Unwed Mothers in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
One of them can’t find the time to write because the other one talks all the time.