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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Also Available as an Ebook

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 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 two novels, Inside and The Missing Person, and two story collections, Babylon and Other Stories and Signs and Wonders. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on NPR's "Selected Shorts." Born and raised in Montreal, she now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and teaches at Lafayette College.

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