Life can change in a split second— no one knows this better than Danielle Corbett.
The successful cardiac surgeon and family man had it all . . . until he didn't. Corbett's family, career and reputation was snatched away one evening in a blink of an eye, ten years earlier.
Now navigating through life in Toronto with the stigma of being a convicted murderer on parole, Corbett doesn't know if he'll be able to survive. Ten years ago he lost his wife Melissa, his profession, and his reputation.
But the biggest loss of all?
His beloved daughter Becky. He's spent every day, in prison and out, consumed by thoughts of his little girl. A court order prohibits him from trying to contact her. But that doesn't stop him from imagining what she would be like today, whether she looks like Melissa or like him, if she's in a good home with a good family, if she lives nearby. Would he recognize her? Would she recognize him, her real father .
His release from prison is a new beginning, his parole officer tells him. But Corbett doesn't want a new life—he wants his old one, complete with someone to love, and his child, his Becky.
In prison, he was stripped of his self-confidence, his manhood, his ability to trust. And trust is a two-way street. How could anybody possibly trust an ex-con, never mind want to build a life with one? He'd be judged and scrutinized; everyone would whisper behind his back—forever.
But Corbett isn't the only one in a predicament . He has a few eclectic and eccentric acquaintances—pottering old Josef who lives above Corbett's dingy basement apartment; kind but elusive Deirdre, a waitress where Corbett ekes out a tenuous existence as the in-house pianist—they, too, carry the burden of hidden skeletons. What a trio!
How can Corbett survive? How can he feel whole again ?
Corbett's journey to find, to reinvent, himself drags him deep into a jungle of lies, half-truths, betrayal, loneliness, bitterness, and anger. But— against all odds—he also rediscovers warmth, acceptance, humour, goodwill and, of all things . . . love.
Corbett's Daughter confronts the reader with a fundamental issue—the working definition of "family."