The Eyes of Heaven


Beverley Cooper

About the book

Late night, on a lonely Huron County road, fifteen-year-old Eloise Bernhardt has an extraordinary encounter that changes her life forever… This is a story of a mother and her teenaged daughter who have lost their way, and how they are fighting their way back to loving each other. It’s a story that questions what we believe in, examines how we judge each other, and asks: “What is out there, beyond the stars?” Eloise and her mother, Glen are struggling mightily with the recent death of the man who was both husband and father. Problems escalate for mother and daughter alike when Eloise returns home late one night after a gravel-pit party with some high school friends. Shaken and dishevelled, she tells her mother she saw “a big glowing light hovering above the ground” that momentarily took possession of her. Eloise’s improbable tale makes headlines in the local newspaper after a reporter talks to her under false pretences. What follows, for Eloise and her mother—and for their whole community—is funny, touching, and inspiring.

“Cooper’s lovely homage to a place very much like Blyth is about many things. It’s about family and community, about fitting in and feeling alone, about finding one’s own path amid the rocks and boulders of life. It’s about life and death and the circle of love that connects both, here and now and forever. It’s about belief and faith, imagination and vision and the limits of reason, logic and rationality to explain the joyous wonders of life. Finally, it’s about the mystery that envelops all of creation which, in moments of fleeting vision, we touch but cannot grasp.” —The Kitchener Record

About the author

Beverley Cooper has written for theatre, TV and film. She has also written extensively for CBC radio drama. She worked as story editor and producer of the award-winning series Afghanada. Beverley’s writing for theatre includes Thin Ice (co-written with Banuta Rubess) Clue in the Fast Lane (co-written with Ann-Marie MacDonald), and The Woman in White (adapted from Wilkie Collins’s novel). Bev’s work has won several awards. Her play Innocence Lost: A Play About Stephen Truscott (Scirocco, 2009), was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

DRA01300 Drama/Canadian
96pp 5.5 x 8.5 in