Friendly Fire

By (author): Lisa Guenther

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 O’REILLY INSURANCE AND THE CO-OPERATORS FIRST BOOK AWARD AT THE SASKATCHEWAN BOOK AWARDS

As a long, hot Saskatchewan summer dawns, Darby Swank’s life is forever changed when she finds her beloved aunt floating dead in a lake. All at once, her blinders are lifted and she sees the country lifestyle she’s always known in a whole new way, with hidden pain and anguish lurking behind familiar faces, and violence forever threatening to burst forth, like brushfire smouldering and dormant under the muskeg.

With her first novel, Lisa Guenther lays bare familial bonds, secret histories and the healing potential of art. Friendly Fire recalls the work of Ann-Marie MacDonald and Lynn Coady as it eviscerates small-town platitudes and brings important issues to light.

Praise for Friendly Fire:

Friendly Fire is a remarkably honest and self-critical look at life in rural Saskatchewan.”
–Tom Ingram, The Winnipeg Review
“It’s clear Guenther knows rural small-town life, and in this novel she paints a vivid picture of both its foibles and its merits.”
–Sharon Chisvin, Winnipeg Free Press
“A well-paced character study with a strong sense of place.”
–LeoRobillard, Backwater Review

AUTHOR

Lisa Guenther

Lisa Guenther is a writer and agricultural journalist based in Livelong, Saskatchewan. She is the editor of Canadian Cattlemen magazine. Her writing has also appeared in Grainews and Country Guide. Friendly Fire, her first novel, was published in 2015.


Reviews

Friendly Fire is a remarkably honest and self-critical look at life in rural Saskatchewan.”
–Tom Ingram, The Winnipeg Review


Awards

  • The O’Reilly Insurance and the Co-operators First Book Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards 2016, Short-listed
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    SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 O’REILLY INSURANCE AND THE CO-OPERATORS FIRST BOOK AWARD AT THE SASKATCHEWAN BOOK AWARDS

    As a long, hot Saskatchewan summer dawns, Darby Swank’s life is forever changed when she finds her beloved aunt floating dead in a lake. All at once, her blinders are lifted and she sees the country lifestyle she’s always known in a whole new way, with hidden pain and anguish lurking behind familiar faces, and violence forever threatening to burst forth, like brushfire smouldering and dormant under the muskeg.

    With her first novel, Lisa Guenther lays bare familial bonds, secret histories and the healing potential of art. Friendly Fire recalls the work of Ann-Marie MacDonald and Lynn Coady as it eviscerates small-town platitudes and brings important issues to light.

    Praise for Friendly Fire:

    Friendly Fire is a remarkably honest and self-critical look at life in rural Saskatchewan.”
    –Tom Ingram, The Winnipeg Review
    “It’s clear Guenther knows rural small-town life, and in this novel she paints a vivid picture of both its foibles and its merits.”
    –Sharon Chisvin, Winnipeg Free Press
    “A well-paced character study with a strong sense of place.”
    –LeoRobillard, Backwater Review

    Reader Reviews

    Details

    Dimensions:

    220 Pages
    8.5in * 5.5in * 1in
    1lb

    Published:

    October 01, 2015

    Country of Publication:

    CA

    Publisher:

    NeWest Press

    ISBN:

    9781926455419

    Book Subjects:

    FICTION / Literary

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    Language:

    eng

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