Nina Berkhout’s The Gallery of Lost Species One of Indigo’s Best Books of 2015

the-gallery-of-lost-speciesNina Berkhout’s THE GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES is listed as one of Indigo’s Best Books of 2015! Sending a huge congratulations to Nina.

Described as a “Canadian Gem” by Indigo, THE GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES follows Edith who, after spotting a unicorn while hiking with her father and sister, spends the next ten years of her life chasing the impossible. Her older sister, Vivienne is forced by their mother to participate in beauty pageants, while Edith follows in her father’s footsteps by studying coins and art.  When Edith and her sister find themselves sharing a love for geology student, Liam, Edith’s sister, suffering from addiction, weaves in and out of her life, while Edith is torn between wanting to help her sister and trying to win Liam’s heart.

Nina Berkhout is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions), which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman Award and the John Hirsch Award. She currently lives in Ottawa.

To see the full Indigo’s Best Books of 2015 list, please visit: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/best-of-2015.

THE GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES Release

 

THE GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES by Nina Berkhout

the-gallery-of-lost-speciesFrom the award-winning poet Nina Berkhout comes the haunting debut novel, THE GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES. This is the story of a family fractured by addiction and obsession. Edith, the younger sister of a childhood beauty pageant queen, is tormented with the conflict of wanting to stave off and save her addicted sibling. It is also the story about finding solace in unexpected places- in works of art, in people and in animals that the world has forgotten.

Nina Berkhout is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds (Seraphim Editions), which received the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award for the year’s best poetry. Her earlier work has been shortlisted for THIS magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt, The Archibald Lampman Award and the John Hirsch Award. She currently lives in Ottawa.

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Praise for The Gallery of Lost Species

“One of the most deeply moving stories I have read in many years” – Julienne Isaacs, The Globe and Mail

“The kind of book that ages you, that stays with you, that makes you think. “ – Robert Green, Bookshelf Reviews

“While the subject matter of The Gallery of Lost Species is fraught, Berkhout’s emotional and intellectual range make this novel a pleasure to read.” – Melanie Brannagan, Winnipeg Free Press

“Nina Berkhout brings a poet’s eye to her debut novel, writing with a haunting sadness about the scaling down of one’s most tremendous dreams. Despite the undertone of life’s fragility and disappointments, Edith’s sense of humour and ability to see things with detached irony makes her a powerful and endearing protagonist.” – Suzanne Desrochers, author of Bride of New France

“This artful, multi-layered novel describes a love between two sisters that idealizes and mythologizes in an attempt to stave off loss. Nina Berkhout is a master at showing how we trick ourselves into believing that we can hunt down and hold the elusive other.” – Claire Holden Rothman, author of My October

Nina Berkhout talks about the book with the Town Crier: town-crier.ca/interview/interview-the-gallery-of-lost-species/

Deal News – Gallery of Lost Species

Nina BerkhoutFrom award-winning Poet Nina Berkhout comes a haunting debut novel called GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES, telling the story of a family fractured by addiction, told through the lens of Edith, the younger sister of a childhood beauty pageant queen, tormented with the conflict of wanting to stave off and save her addicted sibling. It is also the story about finding solace in unexpected places- in works of art, in people and in animals that the world has forgotten.

World rights to Janice Zawerbny at House of Anansi by Samantha Haywood with Stephanie Sinclair.