- 162 pages
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- 5.5 x 8.5 inches
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Immigrant, Railroad, Ireland, Canada, Orphan, Family secrets, Identity
The Three Coins
Christopher (Bob) Lohan
Toronto, 1951 – Irishman Tom Corbert sits in his rented room and turns an unopened letter over in his hands. The envelope has stamps from all over the world on it, stamps that trace the journey he’s been on for the last decade. The letter has followed him all the way from his past, from Ireland.
And it’s calling him home.
But Tom is not the only one being summoned. Also in Toronto is Bob Ward, a soft hearted but hard fisted man with whom Tom is familiar mostly through barroom brawls. And someone in Ireland has business with him, too.
The two men independently journey back home to Ireland to unravel a tragic mystery that stretches back almost twenty years—one that will change both their lives forever.
A love letter to the pastoral Ireland and rugged Canada of an earlier generation that draws inspiration from the author’s own life, The Three Coins is a comic, heart-warming tale of coincidence and connection that explores the legacy of tragedy and the power of community.
Born in Dublin in 1930, Chris Lohan moved to Canada in 1951 at the age twenty-one and immediately fell in love with the country, vowing to see it from coast to coast, a promise he has now kept many times over.
After starting with the Canadian National Railway gangs, Mr. Lohan eventually began working for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a baggage handler. He moved up to switch tender, yardman, yard foreman, conductor, yard master, and, finally, terminal supervisor of “The Nickel Capital of the World”: Sudbury, Ontario.
Eventually, Mr. Lohan moved into safety, directing and chairing several organizations, culminating in his roles as chairperson of the Safety Section of the American Association of Railways and the founding chairperson of the Railroad Association of Canada Safety Committee, before his retirement in 1995.
Mr. Lohan now lives in Hanmer, Ontario, with his wife of sixty years, Helena. They have five children, eleven grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.
The Three Coins is his first novel.
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