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By (author): Elizabeth Ruth
Elizabeth Ruth


Cormorant Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Flaps
Paperback , Trade, Flaps


General Trade
Sep 16, 2023
$24.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 0.81 in | 328 gr

Page Count:

280 pages
Cormorant Books
FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Family life fiction|Relating to lesbians|Fiction: general and literary|Historical fiction|Narrative theme: Love and relationships|c 1938 to c 1946 (World War Two period)|c 2010 to c 2019
  • Short Description
Semi-Detached is a love story that spans time and crosses classes to explore the meaning of home. Set during two paralyzing ice storms (one in 1944 and one in 2013) that are connected by a murder, a house, and the real estate agent who pieces the puzzle together.
Love never dies; it merely changes form, like the weather.

Hearts may freeze or thaw, but love never dies.

In December 2013, an ice storm buries Toronto as realtor Laura Keys prepares to sell a one-of-a-kind house on behalf of its comatose owner. Haunting Laura, and longing to be invited in, is a mysterious teenage girl with a Scottish terrier tucked into her coat.

As Laura readies the house for showing, she learns more about its owner, Edna “Eddie” Ferguson. Leading up to the Great Snowstorm of 1944, Eddie, a brickmaker, enters into a passionate yet ill-fated affair with her boss’s daughter. While uncovering the past, Laura navigates both the death of her mother and a troubled marriage straining under the weight of her infertility.

Across two paralyzing winter storms, set nearly seventy years apart and connected by a house and a murder, Semi-Detached contends with living after loss, love, and the meaning of home.

Insightful and evocative, emotionally intelligent and propulsive, this is a novel from a writer at the top of her game.

- Semi-Detached is a queer love story that spans time and crosses classes to explore the meaning of home. Set during two paralyzing ice storms (one in 1944 and one in 2013) that are connected by a murder, a ghost, and the real estate agent who pieces the puzzle together.

- Examines the meaning of home and the challenges lesbian couples faced in 1944 and more currently, in 2013.

- Part mystery, part love story, part emotional struggle, this enthralling new tale from acclaimed author Elizabeth Ruth has something for everyone.

- Elizabeth Ruth is the founder and curator of Bent on Writing reading series and edited an anthology of the same name. Her work has been recognized by the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, The Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award, the City of Toronto Book Award, and One Book, One Community Program. The CBC named Elizabeth Ruth one of 10 Canadian Women writers you need to read!

- Elizabeth Ruth holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She teaches creative writing at U of T and is known for her mentorship of aspiring writers through the Humber School for Writers’ Correspondence Program, Diaspora Dialogues, Writers in Electronic Residence, and various writer-in-residencies.

Elizabeth Ruth was named one of ten Canadian women writers you need to read by the CBC. She teaches creative writing at University of Toronto. Elizabeth’s first novel, Ten Good Seconds of Silence, was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Amazon.ca/First Novel Award, and City of Toronto Book Award. Smoke, her second novel, was chosen for the One Book, One Community program. Her third novel, Matadora, was long-listed for Canada Reads. She lives in Toronto.

Contributor Website

- Book launch close to pub day with independent bookstore partner (TBA)
- National, international, and regional review mailing & interview pitches - Herizons, CBC, Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Kirkus, Toronto Star, Xtra, Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, This Magazine, Chatelaine, The Walrus
 and other publications where author has been reviewed/featured before
- Possible author events at Heliconian Club, book clubs, and possibly with EGALE
- Pitch for Open Book for writer in residence month, or interview/excerpt
- Pitch author for 3 essays prior to the book’s publication – relationship to Carol Shields, queer Toronto, Jewish identity in Toronto/East End Toronto
- Festivals/event pitches including TIFA, Word on the Street, Eden Mills, Vancouver Writers Fest, Thin Air Winnipeg, Ottawa Writers Fest, Kingston Writers Fest
- Social media influencer pitches (Bloggers, Instagrammers, BookTubers) 
- Social media promotions, review mentions, interview appearances, etc.
- Submitting to regional, national, and global awards
- Notice to places where author has been writer-in-residence and has previously hosted writing workshops, for inclusion in alumni and student newspapers/magazines
- Advertising

For more information contact
[email protected]

“Part love story, part ghost story, part murder mystery — Elizabeth Ruth’s Semi-Detached is all heart. Fiercely compelling and beautifully nuanced. A modern novel for the ages. Just brilliant.”

- Helen Humphreys, author of Leaving Earth and Rabbit Foot Bill

Semi-Detached will cast a spell over you. Elizabeth Ruth has crafted a beautiful and tender tale of the shelters we all need to house our love and our yearning. Sheer magic and a joy to read.”

- Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

"Semi-Detached is elegantly constructed and often beautifully written."

- Rohan Maitzen, Quill & Quire

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Also Available

Matadora Elizabeth Ruth 9781770862081 $21.95 CAD Mar 01, 2013
Smoke Elizabeth Ruth 9780143016243 $24.00 CAD Aug 30, 2005

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