CRICKET IN A FIST
Goose Lane Editions, 2008.
From the publisher’s website:
One night, Agatha Winter's phone rings. Jasmine, her 13-year-old sister, has run away from home and needs to be picked up at the bus terminal. It's the anniversary of their mother's accident and subsequent split from the family. Jasmine is determined to exact revenge. Their mother, now a flashy self-help guru under a new moniker, preaches "willing amnesia": liberation by deliberately forgetting and disowning the past.
But "willing amnesia" is no innovation: it runs in the family. The girls' grandmother and great-grandmother, both Holocaust survivors, have found their own superficially innocuous yet fiercely destructive ways to fend off memory. In separate struggles, the girls work to break free from the burden of their family's silence.
Told in three major and two minor voices, Cricket in a Fist offers sophisticated psychological insight. Naomi Lewis's rich command of language transports us into a world of richly imagined characters.
Reviews also appeared in The Fiddlehead and The Globe and Mail.