First-time novelist Mary-Lou Zeitoun's 13 wryly evokes an unavoidable time and place in everyone's life -- the teenage years -- without rendering the experience into saccharine nostalgia. Zeitoun's imitation of the adolescent voice is dead-on, without falling into repetitious teenspeak.
'What made 2002 wonderful was the mind-blowing work from new writers.... Zeitoun gets right into the head of a teenager growing up in 1980 in this kick-ass comic novel....'
'[Zeitoun is] terrific at setting, and has a cinematic sensibility ... Zeitoun is also terrific at the pensive, vacillating, intimate, interior moments that really make a reader's breathing shift.'
'Mary-Lou Zeitoun captures the self-obsessed, sullen, frustrating essence of what it is to be a semi-outcast adolescent girl so adroitly that I got spooked.... Here we all were thinking what misunderstood individuals we were and this woman sums us all up in 144 neatly bound pages.'
'Anybody fearing for the future of Canadian writing need look no further than the authors we are showcasing today.... Reading 13 is like going through adolescence all over again. Mary-Lou Zeitoun ... has written a dramatic monologue in the voice of Marnie Harmon, a raging, passionate, smart and rebellious Ottawa teenager.... Marnie's voice, trembling between the playfulness of a child and the sneering bravado of an adolescent, is captivating.'