2013 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist


Krista Bridge
The Eliot Girls
Douglas & McIntyre



Jury Citation  

The Eliot Girls, by Krista Bridge, is an elegant novel of manners set in a contemporary Toronto boarding school. Audrey Brindle is finally admitted in Grade 10, and enters a world of adamant hierarchies and loaded friendships. Her mother, Ruth, meanwhile, navigates the politics in the teachers' lounge while fighting the frustrations of adulthood and its fading opportunities. With graceful echoes of George Eliot, Bridge's finely crafted novel distinctively and deftly conjures a world both familiar and fresh, exclusive yet easily recognizable to us all.

About the Book

After finally completing a strenuous entrance process, fifteen-year-old Audrey Brindle is accepted into George Eliot Academy, a Toronto private school that caters to the privileged and where her mother Ruth works as a teacher. Audrey soon learns that there’s more to the prestigious school than merely tests and homework, and vies for acceptance from the most popular girl in school, Arabella, who also happens to be the most manipulative. Meanwhile, Ruth’s adulterous affair with Arabella’s father only further complicates matters. The Eliot Girls deftly explores both Audrey and Ruth’s navigation through the insidious world of an all-girls private school.

About the Author

Krista Bridge was bitten by the writing bug in 2002 after having her first story published in Toronto Life. Four years later she published her debut collection of short stories, The Virgin Spy, and was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and a ReLit Award. This is Bridge’s second nomination for a Writers’ Trust award; she was a finalist for the Journey Prize in 2006 for her short story “A Matter of Firsts.” Bridge lives in Toronto.






Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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