Three gifted storytellers shine a light on lives forever changed by the betrayal of trust. These moving stories take us through the long shadow of violence, and into the lives of those discovering what it takes to move on.
Daughters Who Walk This Path, the debut novel by Yejide Kilanko, a child protection worker, crisis counsellor and a therapist in children’s mental health, takes us to modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria, and into the home of Morayo. Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, she must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence many women in her family share.
Lauren B. Davis returns to the Festival with Our Daily Bread, which explores what happens when we view our neighbours as "The Other". The God-fearing people of Gideon shun The Erskine Clan, who live on North Mountain in poverty, secrecy and isolation. When Albert ventures down the mountain he sets in motion a chain of events that change everything. Named as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by both The Globe & Mail and The Boston Globe.
Giller Prize-winner Linden MacIntyre completes the trilogy he began with the The Long Stretch and The Bishop’s Man, and returns to the Festival with Why Men Lie. This wise and challenging new novel focuses on Effie MacAskill Gillis, a self-sufficient woman of her time, who believes she knows why men lie. At middle age, she feels immunized against the damage men can do, but a chance encounter with an old friend changes everything.