"It took years for me to write this book. I'm finally ready to let it go."
The Dependent is a true story written by a military wife married to a paratrooper who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for fourteen years before his army career came to a crashing halt—a freak accident near Armed Forces Base Trenton left him paraplegic and their future in shards. Danielle, a fiercely independent university student, meets Steve, an ambitious infantry private. Much of the first years of their marriage are spent apart, as Steve’s infantry unit is sent overseas for duty in Croatia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. With each tour of duty, the emotional distance between them intensifies. After four tours, Steve finally comes home to stay, but little changes: their marriage remains a difficult ménage-à-trois made up of a man, a woman, and the military.
In this deeply candid depiction of their marriage before and after a life-altering trauma, each chapter unveils an intimate portrait of marriage—one in which Danielle and Steve must navigate shifting roles and learn to co-exist in a space where the collateral damage of military service is absolute. The Dependent is a brave and modern love story revealing immeasurable loss and grief and the journey to lasting hope and forgiveness.
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"Candid and powerful new book ... Brutally honest. The raw emotion is undeniable." Lainey Lui, Co-Host, The Social CTV
"...The Dependent is not told in chronological order, but instead weaves in and out of time. The playing with time and story, the giving and withholding of detail, is stunningly accomplished, which is only underlined by the book’s incredible, miraculous and beautiful ending, which is also its beginning, a fantastic, complicated and beautiful love story…" Kerry Clare, reader, reviewer, writer and editor at 49th Shelf (Read FULL review here. Warning: Spoilers)
"With candour and honesty, Danielle Daniel shares her painful journey as she discovers that marrying a soldier means also marrying the military, and that she is outranked at every turn. Her struggle to' soldier on', made only harder by the tragedy of her husband's accident, is heartbreaking, yet her determination and ultimately, her transformation-is inspiring." Shannon Moroney, author, Through the Glass (National Bestseller)
"...an act of heroism.." Caroline Adderson, author, Sitting Practice and Ellen in Pieces
"The Dependent is a story about the push and pull of marriage and relationship. It’s a story about the military, about survival and about overcoming odds. But ultimately, it’s a story about love." Alexis Kienlen, Daily Herald Tribune in Grande Prairie, AB. (Read FULL review here. Warning: Spoilers.)
Official Book Launch: September 30th, Sudbury, Ontario
Book Reading/Signing: October 11th, North Bay, Ontario
Book Signing: October 29th, Chapters Indigo, Sudbury Ontario
Wordstock Festival: November 3,4,5, Sudbury, Ontario.
Memoir Panel with Jael Richardson/Book Reading & Signing
Memoir Writing Presentation: November 14th, Sudbury Public Library
Book Reading/Signing: November 16, Another Story Bookstore, Toronto, Ontario
FOLD: Speaker Panel: 'One My Mind' with Eden Robinson and Leah Lakshmi-Piepzna: May 6th, 2017