Heather Tucker's stunning novel tells the story of young Ari, a girl fighting to avoid the destructive spiral of her family situation. Written in prose thst is magical, beautiful and hopeful, you will be enmeshed in this story from the first pages. NOTE: If you pick up the book, do NOT read the back--it will give you a skewed idea of the story. Just read the first few pages and take the journey with ARI. --Mara and Shawn— From Staff Picks
A stunning and lyrical debut novel A 2016 Indie Next and Indies Introduce Pick Vincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes. Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls. But Mary and her partner, Nia, offer an unexpected refuge to Ari and her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse. Yet the respite does not last, and Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather, Len, and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, she's severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin. Through the sexual revolution and drug culture of the 1960s, Ari struggles with her father's legacy and her mother's addictions, testing limits with substances that numb and men who show her kindness. Ari spins through a chaotic decade of loss and love, the devilish and divine, with wit, tenacity, and the astonishing balance unique to seahorses. The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force.
About the Author
Heather Tucker has won many prose and short-story writing competitions, and her stories have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. The Clay Girl is her first novel. She lives in Ajax, Ontario.