9781988298313PaperbackFICTION / Family Life Publication Date: September 11, 2018
$24.95 CAD6 x 9 x 1 in | 576 pagesCanadian Rights: YFreehand Books
An engrossing, timely, and contemporary novel about the bonds between twins, about sexuality and gender fluidity, and about the messy complexities of modern family life - the much-anticipated new novel in more than a decade by acclaimed writer Keith Maillard.
Dr. Erica Bauer - an identical twin - studies twins at the university in Vancouver. Through the course of her research, she meets a set of preteen twins who are evidently fraternal, but who insist emphatically that they are identical. Their mother, Karen Oxley, is a West Van single mum whose life is on the wrong road - and who discovers an urgent need to put it back on the right one. As Erica sets out to help the twins, their lives become increasingly intertwined in unexpected ways.
Twin Studies is a masterful novel that explores the complicated bonds between twins and siblings, friends and lovers; the role of class and money; and the nature of gender and sexuality. It's a novel with characters who are real, their relationships a rich world that readers will thoroughly lose themselves in. No other contemporary novel so deftly explores the intersection between our inner lives and our public lives - that "we're not what people see."
Keith Maillard is the author of fourteen novels, including Two Strand River, Gloria, The Clarinet Polka,Difficulty at the Beginning, and most recently Twin Studies. He has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Literary Prize and the Governor General's Literary Awards. Keith was born and raised in West Virginia, and now lives in Vancouver. He has been a musician, a contributor for CBC Radio, a freelance photographer, and a journalist. He teaches at the University of British Columbia.
Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year 2019, Short-listed
"Keith Maillard's Twin Studies is a novel that challenges everything we think we know about family and the nature of love. Three sets of twins struggle with loss, identity, and adulthood, and in the middle of it all, Karen, a beleaguered, beautiful, and wryly intelligent mother, tries to keep everyone afloat, even as she feels her own life slipping under the weight of responsibility and confusion. Deliberately written, fiercely inventive, and unflinching, Twin Studies is a deeply satisfying novel by one of Canada's finest authors." -- Jen Sookfong Lee, author of The Conjoined
"Maillard's generous affection for his characters is matched by his vividly real depictions of Vancouver. His fascinating exploration of wealth, class, and gender fluidity reads like a 21st-century Canadian version of Dickens' London novels." -- iBooks
Praise for Keith Maillard
"[A] work of terrible beauty and grace, a masterpiece fit to contend with the best novels of the last century." -- Globe and Mail
"Maillard is a national treasure."-- Kirkus
"Keith Maillard's books changed my life. They made me want to write, and to be a writer." -- Dave Bidini
9781988298344PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryPublication Date: September 11, 2018
$21.95 CAD5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 320 pagesCanadian Rights: YFreehand Books
A beautiful story of strangers who shape each other's lives in fateful ways, All of Us in Our Own Lives delves deeply into the lives of women and men in Nepal and into the world of international aid.
Ava Berriden, a Canadian lawyer, quits her corporate job in Toronto to move to Nepal, from where she was adopted as a baby. There she struggles to adapt to her new career in international aid and forge a connection with the country of her birth.
Ava's work brings her into contact with Indira Sharma, who has ambitions of becoming the first Nepali woman director of a NGO; Sapana Karki, a bright young teenager living a small village; and Gyanu, Sapana's brother, who has returned home from Dubai to settle his sister's future after their father's death. Their journeys collide in unexpected ways.
All of Us in Our Own Lives is a stunning, keenly observant novel about human interconnectedness, about privilege, and about the ethics of international aid (the earnestness and idealism and yet its cynical, moneyed nature).
Manjushree Thapa was born in Kathmandu and raised in Nepal, Canada, and the United States. She has written several books of fiction and non-fiction. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the London Review of Books, Newsweek, and the Globe and Mail. All of Us in Our Own Lives is the first novel she wrote after moving to Toronto.
"This is such a beautiful novel. It begins kaleidoscopic and then, almost without the reader realizing, coheres into an extraordinary train of thought and action, driven by both happenstance and connection . . . [Thapa] writes about Nepal with great intensity and insight and she writes about the utter necessity of these interdependent lives." - Madeleine Thien, winner of the Giller Prize for Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Polyphonic and populous, All of Us In Our Own Lives ingeniously connects multiple North American and Nepali subcultures. Thapa brings an insider's knowledge, an outsider's eye and a deep compassion to each member of her diverse, engaging cast. This reader traveled close alongside these characters as they navigated the complicated rewards and disappointments of desire, family, and the global economy." - Padma Viswanathan, author of The Ever After of Ashwin Rao
9781988298375PaperbackFICTION / LiteraryPublication Date: September 11, 2018
$21.95 CAD5.25 x 8 x 0.5 in | 240 pagesCanadian Rights: YFreehand Books
A compelling, haunting novel about a man experiencing gaps in time, and the pain of living inside an anxious mind.
Felix wakes up one day to find he has a girlfriend he doesn't recognize. He finds a novel, with his name on the cover, that he doesn't remember writing. He's been losing time since university. Sometimes these gaps are minutes, sometimes months. But now he begins experiencing flashbacks and moments where he gets a glimpse of an unsettling future. He will do anything necessary to keep the people he loves safe . . .
Hummingbird is a haunting, powerful novel, told in unadorned language that expresses with clarity the pain of living inside a disturbed mind. Like Anakana Schofield's ground-breaking Martin John, Hummingbird is at times uncomfortable, but written with deep compassion and a sense of urgency.
Devin Krukoff's previous novels, Compensation and Flyways, were shortlisted for multiple Saskatchewan Book Awards. He won the M&S Journey Prize for short fiction in 2005. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with his family.
Saskatchewan Fiction Award 2019, Short-listed Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award 2019, Winner
"Devin Krukoff's Hummingbird is a suspenseful, cinematic contemporary novel about living your life out of time. A provocative page turner that at times reminded me of Ryu Murakami's darker novels." - Guillaume Morissette, author of The Original Face and New Tab