The Low Road

By Valerie Miner, adapted by Kate McAll.

As a child growing up in America, Valerie Miner often used to listen to her mother's memories of her native Edinburgh.

Orphaned in her teens, Mary Gill McKenzie-Campbell had left Scotland in 1930, traveling alone with $50 in her pocket to begin a new life in the States.

These parallel diaries of mother and daughter chronicle Mary's new life in America, and Valerie's quest to understand her family's dislocated past.

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By Valerie Miner, adapted by Kate McAll.

As a child growing up in America, Valerie Miner often used to listen to her mother's memories of her native Edinburgh.

Orphaned in her teens, Mary Gill McKenzie-Campbell had left Scotland in 1930, traveling alone with $50 in her pocket to begin a new life in the States.

These parallel diaries of mother and daughter chronicle Mary's new life in America, and Valerie's quest to understand her family's dislocated past.

Valerie searches Edinburgh for her mother's old haunts and finds an old man who remembers Fairley's Cafe and Dance Hall where Mary used to work as a waitress.

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Valerie finds the original manifest of the SS Transylvannia, the ship on which her mother emigrated to America at the age of 19.

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Valerie finds traces of her grandparents and their 14 children, now scattered to the four corners of the earth.

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Valerie and her mother watch the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Valerie discovers the truth about her grandparents' marriage and makes a final visit to her mother's apartment.