Days after arriving in Barcelona, Niki’s world is upended when her fiancé calls off the engagement. Unwilling to face a looming assault charge in Toronto, she turns to life on the streets. Living among pickpockets, squatters and graffiti artists in a city she barely knows, she is challenged to reassess her ideas about family and art. With the help of a passionate Catalan separatist who dreams of building a new country, Niki realizes that starting her life over from scratch could be an opportunity.
About the author
Becky Blake is a two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize (for Nonfiction in 2017 and Short Story in 2013). Her fiction and essays have appeared in publications across Canada. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, and teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education. Becky currently lives in Toronto where she’s working on a second novel and a memoir-in-essays.
- Short-listed, ReLit Award for Novel
- Short-listed, Foreword INDIES Award for Literary Fiction
"Proof I Was Here explores themes of ephemerality, loss, and renewal. In sparse, steady prose, Blake reminds us of how layered, complex, and pain-filled our lives can be."
The Humber LIterary Review
"Proof I Was Here offers an interesting twist on the conventional expat narrative. This vibrancy imbues the novel with freshness and an energy that helps propel it toward a satisfying conclusion."
Quill & Quire
"Broken hearts, complicated friendships, freeganism (fascinating idea), and dysfunctional familial relationships. This book was my perfect kind of escape read."
The Minerva Reader