This Has Nothing to Do With You

By Lauren Carter

This Has Nothing to Do With You
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When Melony Barnett's mother commits a violent murder, Mel is left struggling with the loss of her parents and her future. For more than two years, she drifts around the continent, trying to carve out a life that has nothing to do with her past, before returning to her Northern ... Read more


Overview

When Melony Barnett's mother commits a violent murder, Mel is left struggling with the loss of her parents and her future. For more than two years, she drifts around the continent, trying to carve out a life that has nothing to do with her past, before returning to her Northern Ontario home and adopting a rescue dog?a mastiff with a tragic history. As she struggles to help the dog heal and repair her relationship with her brother, Matt, she begins to uncover layers of secrets about her family ?secrets that were the fuel for her mother's actions.

This Has Nothing to Do With You is a compulsively readable novel that follows a dynamic cast of characters, revealing the complexity of the bonds that are formed through trauma and grief?with siblings, lovers, friends, and dogs.

Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter is an award-winning poet and former Ontarian living in St. Andrews, Manitoba. Her debut poetry collection, Lichen Bright, was long-listed for the ReLit Award and an earlier poem, "Island Clearances," won the ROOM 2014 poetry contest. Her first novel, Swarm was voted onto the CBC Canada Reads long list and her prose has been nominated and long-listed for various awards and been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories. Following Sea is Carter's second collection of poetry.

Reviews

"Grommet the Dog is my new favourite character! All his poor, messed-up people held me riveted to the page too. Lauren Carter has created a novel for our times: how do we learn to live in a world filled with tragedy? With compassion as big as her talent, Lauren Carter infuses this epic story of the broken-hearted with love, life, and hope. This Has Nothing to Do with You is an antidote to apathy and despair. I'm an instant fan. "?Angie Abdou

"I found it tender and devastating. A deep dive into the trauma created by family secrets ? and secret-keeping!" ?Sarah Selecky

"Unflinching and mesmerizing, Lauren Carter's novel explores the daily impact of generational trauma, the need to love unreservedly, and a woman inching toward healing by dredging up the past. " ?Emily Pohl-Weary

"Grommet the Dog is my new favourite character! All his poor, messed-up people held me riveted to the page too. Lauren Carter has created a novel for our times: how do we learn to live in a world filled with tragedy? With compassion as big as her talent, Lauren Carter infuses this epic story of the broken-hearted with love, life, and hope. This Has Nothing to Do with You is an antidote to apathy and despair. I'm an instant fan. "--Angie Abdou

"I found it tender and devastating. A deep dive into the trauma created by family secrets -- and secret-keeping!" --Sarah Selecky

"Unflinching and mesmerizing, Lauren Carter's novel explores the daily impact of generational trauma, the need to love unreservedly, and a woman inching toward healing by dredging up the past. " --Emily Pohl-Weary

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