“Breathtakingly good.” — Nikki Gemmel
“A beautiful story of loss and desire . . . It’s the kind of book to get lost in.” —Kristen den Hartog
“Utterly absorbing, told with consummate grace.” —Beth Powning
For Lily Piper, life on the prairies is spare and austere. Nothing in her world responds to her hunger for life. When puberty hits, Lily ends up in England, a place she thinks she may have invented. There at last, she experiences life in all its ambiguity, until she is called home to face a future she thought she may have escaped.
Reading by Lightning was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2008. Its editor was Bethany Gibson, and its designers Julie Scriver (1st edition) and Jaye Haworth (Readers Guide Edition).
Winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean)
Longlist, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2010
Finalist, McNally Robinson Book of the Year
Finalist, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
The Globe Best 100 list
On the Same Page: Selected by an on-line poll as the Manitoba Reads title for 2009
“We experience this writing with our noses and ears and eyes and fingertips.” — Lisa Moore.
Quill and Quire, December 2008.
Review by Maureen Garvie READ »
The Literary Review of Canada, March 2009.
Review by Erika Ritter. ” READ »
Prairie Fire Magazine. Winter, 2008.
Review by Meira Cook. READ »