My Grandmother's Pill

By Lisa Pike

My Grandmother's Pill
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Lisa Pike

Lisa Pike was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She completed her M.A. in English & Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies: Re: Generations: Canadian Women Poets in Conversation, ditch, the poetry that matters, CV2, The Writer's Block, The New Quarterly, and Whisky Sour City. She is the author of the novel, My Grandmother's Pill, and a poetry chapbook, Policeman's Alley. She lives in Toronto and is currently working on a second novel.


Lisa Pike's My Grandmother's Pill scrutinizes the personal embarrassments, ephemeral joys, financial struggles, and eventual ruptures of dysfunctional relationships. Set in Toronto, with flashbacks to Windsor/Detroit, and a junket aboard a Disney cruise-line Caribbean tour-ship, this narrative portrays the abuse of sedative drugs and alcohol, accompanied by slow cognitive dissolution. Stoic hopes clash with betrayals and kitchen sink realities in this gritty quest for an ever-elusive happy ending. - Karl Jirgens (Editor, Rampike)

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