Five x Five
Joseph Boyden on Eliza Robertson:
Eliza Robertson writes about how humanity intersects with the natural world in a way I’ve not read before. Unafraid to breathe pain and ugliness and beauty into her characters (often all three at once), She then sets them free to do despicable or heart-rending or magical acts that leave the reader breathless. And she does all of this with language that at once sears and soothes. I can’t wait for her debut novel.
Eliza Robertson’s stories have been shortlisted for the Journey Prize and CBC Short Story Prize. In 2013, her story “We Walked On Water” co-won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her first collection, Wallflowers, was published in 2014 with Hamish Hamilton Canada and Bloomsbury. She was born in Vancouver, grew up on Vancouver Island, and now lives in England. She was selected by Joseph Boyden.
Joseph Boyden’s first novel, Three Day Road, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2006. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his third, The Orenda, was named the winner of the 2014 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. He divides his time between Louisiana, where he and his wife, Amanda Boyden, are writers in residence at the University of New Orleans, and Northern Ontario.
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