That most recent book of mine took a little while to get her legs under her, but now it seems she's up and running. A Norton Award win a few weeks ago, and last week she was on the shortlist for Canada's Sunburst Award for Literature of the Fantastic. The jury says, Sister Mine is a novel that defies: defies categorization; defies convention; defies expectations. Deserving its place among the best books of the year, Sister Mine's nuanced forays into celestial heritage, sibling rivalry, and good old-fashioned sexual exploits of the deific variety (think ancient mythology) unfold with the genteel pace of classic oral tradition but the in-your-face sensibilities of post-punk modernism. A book that challenges, and in challenging, ignites.
The other books on the shortlist all look so good! Adding them to my quickly-growing summer reading list:
The jury felt that the following merited Honourable Mention: