Donna and Raymond Phillips would be the first to admit their 25-year marriage is far from perfect. But it works despite its challenges, or at least it did until the seemingly random murder of their son, Jason. This senseless act, committed on a frigid November night, in a farmer's field just miles from their home, changes everything. Donna follows a winding path to peace, and turns to friends and the community for help. Ray, on the other hand, takes a bare-knuckled approach to life after Jason, and believes he'll solve his problems one punch or elbow at a time. North of Here is a quietly suspenseful, darkly humorous story of marriage, grief, joy and hope for the future. North of Here captures the plight of one family while deftly touching us all.
Philip David Alexander is the author of The Next Rainy Day, nominated for a ReLit Award and optioned for feature film, and North of Here, also optioned for screenplay development. In addition, he has written the crime novel Peacefield, which like Skyward bends the crime/police procedural genre. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.