Ana Historic is the story of Mrs. Richards, a woman of no history, who appears briefly in 1873 in the civic archives of Vancouver. It is also the story of Annie, a contemporary, who becomes obsessed with the possibilities of Mrs. Richards's life.
Ana Historic is Daphne Marlatt's first novel, and was originally published by Coach House Press in Canada and The Women's Press in the U.K. The French translation was published by Les editions du remue-menage.
Daphne Marlatt was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in Penang, Malaysia, until her family immigrated to Canada in 1951. She is the author of the novels Ana Historic and Taken. She has published numerous collections of poetry, including Steveston, Touch to My Tongue, Salvage, This Tremor Love Is, and The Given, which won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In 2006, she was appointed to the Order of Canada. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.