Gray Creek writer Doreen Zaiss finished her novel The Thorn before passing away in March 2020. The book is now available locally. Photo: Submitted

Gray Creek writer Doreen Zaiss finished her novel The Thorn before passing away in March 2020. The book is now available locally. Photo: Submitted

Gray Creek author’s posthumous novel The Thorn released

Doreen Zaiss was a 50-year East Shore resident

Watch for the release of The Thorn, a stunning new novel by Doreen Zaiss of Gray Creek, B.C. This novel stretches itself from Zaiss’ Norwegian roots into an intricate and painfully detailed imagined story of a family in the late 1800s in Norway, struggling to survive in the harshest climate and some of the direst circumstances.

Zaiss was a nearly 50-year resident of the East Shore of Kootenay Lake and a fixture in the Crawford Bay school system as well as culture of the communities of the area. She passed away in March 2020 but managed to finish this last powerful project before she died. She was dearly loved, immensely talented and is sorely missed.

Her daughter, Ingrid Baetzel, is the editor of the East Shore newspaper, The East Shore Mainstreet, and is exceedingly proud to bring her mother’s legacy to any and all who might enjoy.

The book is available at Otter Books in Nelson, at the Gray Creek Store, Crawford Bay Market and Barefoot Handweaving on the East Shore, and via pick-up and mail-out through Baetzel.

For more information or to order your copy directly, email thethorn2021@gmail.com or phone-text Baetzel at 250-505-7697.