2000 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner

1999 Peter Oliva for The City of Yes, published by McClelland & Stewart Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Year 3: 1999

Helen Humphreys
HarperFlamingo Canada

afterimage by Helen Humphreys  2000 Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Afterimage is a splendid achievement: sophisticated, fascinating, beautifully done.

Helen Humphreys draws us into a nineteenth-century world of photography, cartography and Victorian mores and holds us there, spellbound, by dint of a gripping tale about love and identity, by unusual characters, rich details and eloquent prose. Afterimage is magical, truly a winning book.”

-2000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize jury (Cynthia Holz, Janice Kulyk Keefer, and Peter Oliva)

About the Book

When the young Irish maid Annie Phelan arrives at the country home of Isobelle and Eldon Dashell, she is swept into a world of artistic ambitions and hidden passions. But she also discovers a marriage that has grown distant and two people who see her as a blank slate upon which to project their own desires and failed dreams. Jealousy, longing and sensuality intertwine in this mesmerizing novel of aesthetic obsession and unfulfilled dreams.

About the Author

Helen Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry, seven novels, and two works of creative nonfiction, including the bestselling The Frozen Thames. She has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.




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