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October 2021 Canadian Fiction

The Blue Moth Motel
By (author): Olivia Robinson


Breakwater Books - St. John's



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Oct 15, 2021
Print Run: 1500
$21.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 in | 500 gr

Page Count:

224 pages
Breakwater Books Ltd
Breakwater Books
FICTION / Family Life / Siblings
Family life fiction|Fiction: general and literary|Relating to LGBTQ+ people

A haunting and evocative exploration of the meaning of family and home.

Ingrid and Norah have an unconventional upbringing—growing up in a motel, raised by their mother and her female partner. The girls’ grandmother, Ada, who owns the Blue Moth, has always kept them at a distance. But when she buys a piano for the motel, that all changes. Years later in England, training to be a soloist, Ingrid loses her voice and must decide what to do. She hears from Norah, who’s reviving a party that began during their childhood to celebrate the arrival of mysterious and elusive blue moths. The Blue Moth Motel deals with family dynamics, grief, and the concept of home.

Olivia Robinson is originally from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, and currently lives in St. John’s. She completed her BA in English at UPEI and her MA in Creative Writing at Memorial University. Her work has appeared in Riddle Fence, Cargo Literary Magazine, and the UPEI Arts Review. In 2020, a draft of The Blue Moth Motel was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award.

"Olivia Robinson’s The Blue Moth Motel is luminous, shot through with unexpected, transformative beauty. Here is a queer love story alive with intensity. A brilliant new portrait of family, of sisters, of lovers, of mothers. A remarkable novel about voice, and Robinson’s voice is so strong, so true, sparkling like crystal, as bright as bright can be—she shows how talent can be harrowing, and how it can make us whole. This book is magical."

- Lisa Moore

"Olivia Robinson furnishes The Blue Moth Motel with beautiful, evocative details that stun with their ability to pull a reader backward, like an incantation, conjuring again the fleeting and tender magic of childhood. This is a book to be savoured."

- Terry Doyle, author of DIG

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