Reading by Lightning: The Reader's Guide Edition by Joan ThomasReading by Lightning: The Reader's Guide Edition by Joan Thomas

Reading by Lightning: The Reader's Guide Edition

byJoan ThomasAfterword byLisa Moore

Paperback | October 14, 2011

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Winner, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Canada and the Caribbean, First Novel Award, and On the Same Page, Manitoba Reads

Shortlisted, eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and McNally Robinson Book of the YearM

Longlisted, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

For Lily Piper, life on the prairie is spare, austere, and tucked in. She is restless — not the daughter she feels her mother wants. When puberty hits, an abrupt shift in fate has Lily on her way to England to care for her aging grandmother. There, she experiences life in all its ambiguity, until she is called home to face a future she thought she had escaped. Thomas's prose is intimate, elegant and devastatingly funny; her engrossing story of Lily Piper tells us something about how we make sense of the future when the future is something we can hardly imagine.

Reading by Lightning, Joan Thomas's long-awaited first novel, took readers by storm. A year after its publication, it had won numerous awards, found a large readership, and been selected by popular vote for On the Same Page, Manitoba's one book reading experience. Goose Lane is pleased to reissue Reading by Lightning in this reader's guide edition, complete with an afterword, an interview with the author, extended biographical notes, and more.

Joan Thomas has been a regular book reviewer for the Globe and Mail for more than a decade. Her essays, stories, and articles have been published in numerous journals and magazines including Prairie Fire, Books in Canada, and the Winnipeg Free Press. She has won a National Magazine Award, co-edited Turn of the Story: Canadian Short Fic...
Title:Reading by Lightning: The Reader's Guide EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 8.35 × 5.3 × 0.78 inPublished:October 14, 2011Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864926642

ISBN - 13:9780864926647

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book! This is a great story, especially if you're interested in the British settling of the prairies.
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