"It's like stepping into a photograph."
Amy Woods St. Louis Post
"Her filmmaker's keen eye for detail...has allowed her to bring a family, a landscape, and a fragment of Canadian history to life." Winnipeg Free Press
"Starred Review. Superb historical fiction...enthusiastically recommend. Library Journal
"One of the top ten best first novels of the year."
"A gorgeous, moving tale...a sweeping family saga as vast and unforgiving as the prairies." Townsville Bulletin, Australia
"A beautiful story about two families who have nothing, but manage to strip each other of everything." Easy Living UK
BEHIND THE SCENE
Photo Archive 1930s
For this project, I collected archival prairie images. Setting was the character I needed to visually reference. I was most often interested in what was just beyond the frame. The novel opens with the description of a photograph. It is the only image I kept on my wall.
• Thomas Raddall Fiction Prize • Commonwealth Regional Fiction Prize • KOBZAR Literary Prize • Margaret and John Savage First Book Award • Long-listed Impac Dublin Literary Award