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Ari Appleton has been dealt the worst parent hand ever: her dad is an incestuous pedophile who’s both charismatic and cruel, and her mother is an incredibly egocentric addictive personality who bore six girls without an iota of love for anyone but herself. But Ari attracts goodness and mines kindness even from the most surprising people and because she is a story weaver, she reroutes her story. The Clay Girl moves from 1960s Toronto, the drug culture, the sexual revolution, to Pleasant Cove, an idyllic place where she is surrounded by love and nurturing and then back to the pain again. This is full of those take away your breath lines, the ones you want to write down and keep in your pocket for when you need them. Ari joins the ranks of heroines like Lyra Belacqua or Liesel Meminger, girls who take the worst society has to offer and turn it into strength and kindness.

— Linda


"It is the voice of the characters, the kindness of strangers, and the ingenuity and determination of our protagonist against terrible forces that make this story sing." -- San Francisco Chronicle " An] unbelievably accomplished first novel." -- NOW Magazine American Booksellers Association Indie Next List pick Shortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlisted for the 2017 Atlantic Book Awards Publishers Weekly, starred review A deeply compassionate novel about a gentle child who radiates goodness and the way that light refracts -- even in the harshest of circumstances. For the Appleton sisters, life has unravelled many times before. But with a sudden gunshot, it finally explodes. In the aftermath of chaos and tragedy, eight-year-old Hariet Appleton, known to all as Ari, is shipped off to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls. But Mary and her partner, Nia, offer an unexpected refuge to Ari and her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse. Yet the respite does not last, and Ari is forced to return to her addiction-addled mother and broken sisters. Through the sexual revolution and drug culture of the 1960s, Ari struggles with her father's legacy and her mother's addictions, testing limits with substances that numb and men who show her kindness. Through it all, her epic imagination colors her grim reality. Ari spins through a chaotic decade of loss and love with wit, tenacity, and the astonishing balance unique to seahorses. The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force with the voice of an unforgetting child, sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination.

About the Author

Heather Tucker has won many prose and short-story writing competitions, and her stories have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. She lives in Ajax, Ontario.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781770413030
ISBN-10: 1770413030
Publisher: Misfit Book
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English