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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Sep 05, 2017 Carton Quantity: 12 $29.95 CAD
By (author): Eliza Robertson
9780670068272 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 05, 2017
$29.95 CAD
Active 5.7 x 8.51 x 0.88 in 240 pages Penguin Canada Hamish Hamilton
A bold debut novel for those who loved Emma Cline’s The Girls and Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers—a story of love, lust, and the spaces in between, from a “captivating” (NYTBR) new voice in fiction.

It is 1950, and Willa’s mother has a new beau. The arrival of his blue-eyed, sun-kissed sons at Willa’s summer home signals the end of her safe childhood. As her entrancing older sister Joan pairs off with Kenneth, nine-year-old Willa is drawn to his strange and solitary younger brother, Patrick.

Left to their own devices, Willa is swept up in Patrick’s wicked games. As they grow up, their encounters become increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. But when Willa finally tries to reverse the trajectory of their relationship, an act of desperation has devastating results.

Unfolding between the wild freedoms of British Columbia and the glittering beaches of California, Demi-Gods explores a girl’s attempt to forge a path of her own choosing in a world where female independence is suspect. Sensitive, playful, and entirely original, Eliza Robertson is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary literature.

Story Locale: British Columbia and California

INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM: Wallflowers was published to rave reviews in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, and more. Critics have hailed Robertson as the next big lit star. She continues to receive international attention—her work has recently appeared in Granta.

BREAK-OUT NOVEL: Demi-Gods can be positioned as Canada’s answer to The Girls by Emma Cline or Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh—it’s daring, dark, and utterly propulsive.

AWARDS CONTENDER: Robertson writes like a seasoned pro. Demi-Gods is top-notch literary while remaining entirely accessible, and there’s plenty of Canadian content.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS: We have partnered with Bloomsbury in the US and UK—Demi-Gods will receive international attention and praise.

ELIZA ROBERTSON attended the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and Journey Prize. Her first story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award and selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. In 2015, she was named one of five emerging writers for the Writers’ Trust Five x Five program. She lives in Montreal.

Author Residence: Montreal

Author Hometown: Vancouver Island

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Rolling giveaways on Goodreads (5 copies each giveaway:

Giveaway #1) August 19th – 26th

Giveaway #2) August 27th – September 3rd

Giveaway #3) September 4th – 11th

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Praise for Wallflowers:

“Eliza Robertson is Canada’s next big lit star.” --Flare

“An absolutely stunning collection. Without question it announces a major talent…There are doubtless many awards in her future.”—Toronto Star


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