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House of Anansi Press


Written by Alix Ohlin

Published June 16, 2012 | ISBN 9781770892064
FICTION / Literary

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Regular price $22.95 CAD

272 pages | 9.25 in × 6.25 in
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About this book


Alix Ohlin

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Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and selected as an Oprah's Book Club Summer Reading Pick, an Amazon.ca Best Book, and an iTunes Store Best Book

When Grace, a highly competent and devoted therapist in Montreal, stumbles across a man in the snowy woods who has failed to hang himself, her instinct to help immediately kicks in. Before long, however, she realizes that her feelings for this charismatic, extremely guarded stranger are far from straightforward.

At the same time, her troubled teenage patient, Annie, runs away and soon will reinvent herself in New York as an aspiring and ruthless actress, as unencumbered as humanly possible by any personal attachments. And Mitch, Grace's ex-husband, a therapist as well, leaves the woman he's desperately in love with to attend to a struggling native community in the bleak Arctic. We follow these four compelling, complex characters from Montreal and New York to Hollywood and Rwanda, each of them with a consciousness that is utterly distinct and urgently convincing. With a razor-sharp emotional intelligence, Inside poignantly explores the manifold dangers and imperatives of making ourselves available to, and indeed responsible for, those dearest to us.

About the Author

Alix Ohlin

ALIX OHLIN is the author of four books, including the novels Inside and Dual Citizens, which were both finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and many other publications. Born and raised in Montreal, she lives in Vancouver, where she chairs the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended Quill and Quire Books of the Year, 2012
  • Commended Amazon.ca Best Books: Top 10 Canadian Fiction, 2012
  • Commended iTunes Store Best Book of 2012, 2012
  • Commended Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2012
  • Short-listed Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, 2012
  • Commended Oprah's Book Club Summer Reading Pick, 2012
  • Short-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2012
  • Commended Amazon.ca Best Books: Editors' Picks, 2012