High in the Canadian Arctic, British art historian Jenny pursues her passions: Inuit art and a handsome geologist. But the sudden news that her mother has suffered a stroke reels Jenny back to her old life — the responsible youngest daughter of parents who gave up everything to join a religious cult. In Inverness, Jenny tries to put the jumbled pieces together, while turning to her collection of “worry stones” for comfort. Did her mother escape from the cult? Is her father, a prominent cult leader, threatening to take her back? Can Jenny persuade her sisters to set aside old grievances to save their mother? Amidst the turmoil, Jenny tries to breaks free of the childhood pressures that stifled her creative talents and emerge as an artist in her own right.
Joanna Lilley is an award-winning poet living in Whitehorse. Born in the UK, Joanna has always been drawn North, crossing the arctic circle twice in her lifetime, before settling in the Yukon. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Malahat Review and Grain. If There Were Roads is her second collection of poetry.
“With tenderness and poetic vision, Lilley beautifully portrays the complex connections we have to family. An enthralling story written with boundless love for the natural world.”—Maia Caron, author of Song of Batoche
“Worry Stones is a gorgeously written novel. I stayed up late reading it and then treated myself to a chapter each morning.”—Julie Salverson, author of Lines of Flight
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