Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book and for The Globe's Top 10 Books
With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner
Lynn Coady gives us nine unforgettable new stories, each one of
them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long
after the last.
A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her
religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between
practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a
schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years
progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage
can''t seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day.
Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and
of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an
opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by
faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer
who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment
in our history.