Baby’s mother pimps her out. Sra’s best friend has hanged herself. Naomi’s life has lost all meaning. Calling on her Spirit Guides, Sra battles the four elements on a mystical quest that takes her underground through tunnels, up through frantic cities and along a churning river, overcoming danger, deceit and treachery to find the elusive truth that can set each woman free.
Author Lynnette D’anna grew up on the Canadian prairies, and, like many of her characters, she chose to roam. She is fond of cats, trees, and large bodies of water. She has been writing stories all her life, and has published seven books of fiction.
“The author’s elegant writing crosses deftly back and forth over the terrain of fiction, poetry and creative documentary. Her poetic sensibility infuses this book with a fragile beauty. A moving account of the betrayal of innocence.” Patricia Seaman, Globe and Mail
“D’anna’s lyrical prose ties together the lives of three women in a nearly hallucinogenic chronicle of struggle and self-discovery. Her unique thematic strategy, drawing largely from Tarot lore, draws the reader into the inescapable truths that haunt the souls of her three very different principle characters.” FictionDB
“The stories move effortlessly from one woman to the next, flowing in a dream-like fashion. D’anna’s facility with language always shines through, illuminating, informing, rich with poetry. She shows herself to be an artist of considerable talent.” Leslie Sheffield, Rhubarb
“Employing simple and stunningly lovely prose to illuminate the frightening worlds she describes, D’anna weaves from the lives of three women an intricate and poetic tale. The separate stories of Sra, Baby and Naomi take shape in chapters mirroring the four elements: water, fire, earth, air. D’anna manages to describe devastating events with language that is clear as a fool’s bell. Fearlessly honest, this novel is a paradox, using exquisite prose to tackle horrifying issues.” Publishers Weekly
“D’anna has proved herself a skilled and passionate writer. Fool’s Bells is a compelling, poetic and hopeful work of fiction.” Sharon Chisvin, Winnipeg Free Press
“To read a Lynnette D’anna novel is to move slowly past an accident scene: it’s impossible to pretend it holds no fascination. But we don’t get just to glide by safely; we’re forced out of the car for a close look that’s too real to forget.” Karen McElrea, Prairie Fire
“Fool’s Bells is as disturbing as it is unforgettable. D’anna’s writing is definitely prose but with a lyrical feel about it. Drawing heavily from Tarot mysticism, much of the novel is almost surreal.” Paula E.Kirman, Suite 101