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September 2018 Fiction: Canadian

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Left
By (author): Theanna Bischoff
9781988732435 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Sep 01, 2018
$19.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0 in 328 pages NeWest Press
Twenty-nine-year-old Natasha Bell went for an evening jog, just like any other night - except now no one knows where she is. Not her sister, Abby - eighteen, eight months pregnant, and without a game plan. Not her childhood sweetheart, now ex-boyfriend, Greg, an introverted academic who could never bring himself to commit. Not her best friend Josie, a newlywed, born-again Christian, with whom Natasha recently had a falling out. And not detective Reuben Blake, who thought this case would be open 'n shut - a quick way to prove himself and move up the ranks. Missing person's statistics suggest Natasha's ex is the primary suspect, but what about the possibility of a stranger abduction? Or the possibility that Natasha left voluntarily or took her own life? What about Natasha's mother, who took off eighteen years before her daughter's disappearance? As days stretch into months and months stretch into years, the evidence that emerges seems only to complicate the picture more. What secrets might Natasha have been keeping? - and, for that matter, her friends and family.

Theanna Bischoff is a novelist from Calgary, Alberta. Her first novel, Cleavage (NeWest Press, 2008), was shortlisted for both the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada/the Caribbean), and the 2009 Re-Lit Awards. Her second novel, Swallow (NeWest Press, 2012), was shortlisted for the 2013 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Theanna holds a Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary (2006) and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (2012).

Praise for Left

"Left is a story of lost connections ... but it is also a satisfying whodunit."
~ Sarah Murdoch, The Toronto Star

"... taut and compelling ... Left succeeds in drawing its narrow, dark universe."
~ Meg Nola, Foreword Reviews

"Bischoff's literary talents are uncontested. Left is a well-written and engaging novel that successfully gives substance to the abstract-yet-next-door feeling that violent crime has when you hear of it happening in your community."
~ Jay Smith, Alberta Views

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