Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival
Wed, April 25th, 8 p.m.
DELTA CENTRE-VILLE Hotel
777, University Street, Square-Victoria Metro.
(Room: La Terrasse; free!)
Anne Stone's Delible is a novel I edited for Insomniac Press. It's one of the best books I've read in the last ten years. I am thrilled to be associated with this stunning novel.
Here's a description:
Growing up on Toronto’s desolate margins in the eighties, sixteen-year-old Mel Sprague has a lot on her mind: The A-bomb. Acid rain. Where her Dad’s been hiding out for the last fifteen years....
Mel’s younger sister, Lora, knows that despite her sister’s ‘talent for misery,’ Mel’s preoccupations aren’t unusual. After all, Mel might stay out all night now and again, but in the Sprague family, teenagers are troubled by definition. When Mel vanishes, however, what were once the diversions of a teenage girl are taken up as evidence, casting questions over her disappearance—and leading investigators to ask if Mel Sprague chose to run away, this time for good. Lora, for her part, just knows that someone has taken her sister and, disquietingly, fears that it wasn’t a stranger.
Being a fifteen-year-old girl isn’t easy—and that’s without experiencing an event that transforms everyone in your life into a suspect or a potential victim. Before her sister vanished, Lora’s world was relatively simple, but Mel’s disappearance creates a new and indelible division, everything changes, and there is nothing that is untouched by her loss.
Delible is Lora’s story. Through her unblinking eyes, we witness one family’s experience of sustained uncertainty and come to see how our identities also exist in those traces we leave behind.