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Thirteen Shells

Written by Nadia Bozak

Published May 07, 2016 | ISBN 9781770899889
FICTION / Short Stories

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320 pages | 8.00 in × 5.25 in
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About this book

Thirteen Shells

Nadia Bozak

Spanning the late 1970s to the late 1980s, Nadia Bozak’s thirteen stories are narrated from the perspective of Shell, the only child of bohemian artisans determined to live off their handicrafts and uphold a left-wing lifestyle. At the age of five, Shell’s world is transformed when the family moves into a new house, where she grows up. Over time, she gradually trades her unconventional upbringing for junk food, rock music, and boys. All the while, Shell quietly watches her parents’ loveless marriage fall apart and learns to survive divorce, weight gain, heartache, and first love.

A funny, sensitive portrayal of the innocence and uncertainty of childhood and adolescence, Thirteen Shells is a true-to-life collection that is as unforgettable as it is poignant.

About the Author

Nadia Bozak

Nadia Bozak is the author of the novels Orphan Love and El Niño, the first two parts of her Border Trilogy. She has also written a book of film theory, The Cinematic Footprint: Lights, Camera, Natural Resources, and, most recently, a novel-in-stories, Thirteen Shells. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Carleton University, where she teaches creative writing.

Awards and Praise
This wise, moving ode to an era turns the pain of growing up with divorce into a hopeful journey.