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DC Books 2021

Kate Wake
1st edition
By (author): Mariianne Mays Wiebe


DC Books - Montreal



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade
English, English


General Trade
Nov 15, 2019
$21.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 1 in | 300 gr

Page Count:

273 pages
DC Books
FICTION / General
Kate Wake is a tender and deeply engaging novel from a distinctive new voice. It’s 2008. Blue Hills is a haunted place. Katie fights to reclaim her life from the grip of a profound psychological crisis, tracing back a maternal thread through a stumbled-upon and uncertain family history at the nearby, now-abandoned prairie mental asylum. As Katie seeks to rehabilitate the present by understanding the past, her fate becomes imaginatively intertwined with that of her great-grandmother Kate Wake, an enigmatic independent-minded artist with a remarkable story of her own. In returning to a scene of loss, this elegant variation on the Eurydice-Orpheus myth reconsiders, with a fresh, unsentimental vision, the roles of trauma, madness, creativity and memory in relation to art and literary form. Sharply realized and fortified by a fierce, poetic grace, Kate Wake testifies to the timeless, urgent power of art and music with a delicately experimental, multi-genre story that unfolds its narrative mystery to reveal a shocking core.

Winner of the Robert Kroetsch Creative Writing Award (University of Manitoba), Mariianne Mays Wiebe is a writer, editor and poet whose work has been published in Border Crossings, Prairie Fire, Herizons, and other magazines, including PhaenEx (the Journal of the Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture Association). She was co-founder and co-editor of Tarts, an arts and culture magazine, and for a number of years taught creative writing at the University of Winnipeg. JackPine Press published her poetry chapbook Umbrella Suites, and her play The Apprentice was produced at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. She lives in Winnipeg

'[T]he heart ofKate Wakelies in its exploration of love, grief, and the reconciliation of loss through art.' ...'The inner worlds we create for ourselves and the mysteries of the human psyche are central to the novel. One of the major settings in the book is the Hill, a so-called lunatic asylum in the 1920s. Through various characters, Wiebe explores the treatment of mental illness in Canadian history, paying specific attention to the institutionalization of women. Wiebes work is a lot like the women who grace its pages: complicated, whip-smart, and truly unconventional.' The Montreal Review of Books, 2020

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