"Them that's gone through it are them that knows."
In a life layered by tragedy and loss, Catherine Linehan's ingrained response is to put one foot in front of the other and not succumb to grief. For the mother of ten children, five of whom perished in a house fire, this means "making some kind of best" out of the rest of her life.
If I Cry I'll Fill the Ocean is the story of how tears of cleansing and forgiveness were sacrificed to keep memories alive and sanity in reach. This kind of courage only exists in the hearts and souls of those who have endured the unendurable. Set in North Harbour, Newfoundland, this is one woman's true story of fortitude and love.
First and foremost, Ida Linehan Young is a mother to three adult children, Sharon, Stacey and Shawna, and a grandmother to the most extraordinary little boy, Parker. By day she works in the information technology sector in the federal government and has recently forayed into learning the French language in the hopes of becoming bilingual. She started writing several years ago and published her memoir, No Turning Back: Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy, in 2014. Influenced by her love of local history and the familial art of storytelling passed down by her father and her maternal grandfather, she escapes to writing any chance she can get. She enjoys writing historical fiction to keep the past alive for generations to come.