Thelma is six years old, and life at home is unsettling and disturbing. When her family moves from England to Canada, she encounters potential parents to replace her deeply flawed pair and even makes some friends, but mostly she lives in the fertile, extraordinarily vivid, and skewed world of her own imagination. Reminiscent of Jeanette Winterson and Sylvia Plath, and by turns harrowing and wonderfully funny, Mouthing the Words is the remarkable first novel from bestselling author Camilla Gibb.
CAMILLA GIBB is the author of four novels—Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life, Sweetness in the Belly, and The Beauty of Humanity Movement—and a memoir, This Is Happy. She has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award, the CBC Canadian Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize. Camilla has a Ph.D. from Oxford University, has been writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia, and is an adjunct faculty member of the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph-Humber. She is currently the June Callwood Professor in Social Justice at Victoria College, University of Toronto. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.