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Author Page: Caitlin Galway
Blackbird by Caitlin Galway
Releases July 30, 2013.
Press kit here. Pre-Orders are available on the Publications & Store page.
Caitlin Galway is a Toronto-based fiction writer and freelance editor. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Grant, the 2012 Toronto Arts Council Writers Grant, the 2012 Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grant, Riddle Fence’s 2011 Short Fiction Contest, CBC’s 2011 Stranger than Fiction Contest, and was selected for inclusion in the 2013 House of Anansi Press/Broken Social Scene fiction anthology. She was also shortlisted for Glimmer Train ’s 2010 Fiction Open Contest and Matrix Magazine’s 2011 Litpop Award, and was a finalist for the 2012 Gloria Vanderbilt Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, and she has just signed with the Bukowski Agency for her second book. Blackbird is her debut novel.
About the Novel:
Blackbird follows the fractured, but resilient mind of prized student Gwyneth Avery. Briefly homeless upon a return to her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, she finds herself placed within a local asylum known as Abbot House. Here she leads readers through a disorienting maze of personal trauma, familial roots, and the subconscious. From the harbor town’s harrowing history and the wars of the blonde Martians, to toxic beauty and a yearning for parental love, Gwyneth seeks a balance between her surrounding world and the bizarre, often nightmarish delirium through which she views it.
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Reviews & Interviews:
An interview in The Toronto Quarterly
Advance Praise for Blackbird :
Blackbird is a novel rich in imaginative power, thick with image and allusion, which transports the reader into a Dali-esque region of the mind where fact and fantasy coalesce in a disturbing synthesis.
—Stewart Ross, prize-winning author of The Soterion Mission, Moon, and others
What a pleasure to read a real firecracker of a writer! Caitlin Galway brings her heartbreaking character Gwyneth to flesh and blood life with such verbal aplomb you'll be blown away with every turn of the page. I cannot say this strongly enough: here's not just a new voice, here's a huge talent.
—Carolyn Smart, author of "Hooked - Seven Poems"
Complex and beautiful. Haunting. The work of a true poet.
—Riley Michael Parker, founder of Housefire Books and co-author of Selfies: A Hashtag Novel