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Zoe Whittall

Zoe Whittall has written two novels, Holding Still for as Long as Possible (House of Anansi, 09/10) now out in paperback and optioned for film. Her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire magazine. Now Magazine awarded her the title of Best Emerging Author of 2007. She has published three books of poetry, Precordial Thump, (exile, 08) The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life (McGilligan Books, 01) and The Emily Valentine Poems (Snare Books, 06.) The Globe and Mail called her "the cockiest, brashest, funniest, toughest, most life-affirming, elegant, scruffy, no-holds-barred writer to emerge from Montreal since Mordecai Richler. She was born in South Durham, Quebec, resided in Montreal during the early 1990s and has lived in Toronto since 1997. She is currently at work on a book of short stories called We Might Be the Worst People on Earth.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New Books
March 2023

The Fake
Anthologies edited
Zoe Whittall recommends
Hysteria (2018)
Elisabeth de Mariaffi
"Hysteria is a creepy, at times terrifying, thrill ride—taut and smart, and totally unpredictable."
Foe (2018)
Iain Reid
"I couldn’t put it down. It infected my dreams. A creepy and brilliant book."
Watching You Without Me (2019)
Lynn Coady
"Watching You Without Me is both a suspenseful, deeply creepy page-turner and a beautifully subtle character study of a grieving woman slowly unravelling while trying to understand how to care for her sister, and herself, in an ableist world. Another masterpiece from the singular Lynn Coady."
The Listeners (2021)
Jordan Tannahill
"I loved this book. Tannahill is such a skilled prose stylist that this book manages to be both a page-turning unravelling of a family and a manic, fully-alive monologue of a woman going over the edge."

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