Rowan Friesen has made a career of drug-dealing and small-time thievery on the outer edges of Saskatoon. Shiftless and seemingly friendless, he is, at first glance, an unlikely protagonist. But as 'Stolen' unfolds, we learn the details of Rowan's life: his well meaning but self-absorbed mother, his mentally ill father, and a high-school friendship both lustful and incendiary. This intriguing back-story runs alongside a current-day murder mystery, complete with road trips, arson, drinkand drugs, tech nerds and the RCMP. Rowan Friesen may not be the world's most likable character, but the complexity and honesty of his story is thrilling. 'Stolen''s lean, tight narrative tells a tale of theft, love, and madness on the Canadian prairie, and moves along like a half-ton pickup bouncing over dirt roads.
"Lapointe constructs the familiar world, the one inside each of us, in the lives of strangers. It's what fiction does best." -The Globe & Mail
"It moves with the force of what'sright and true and must not be elided." -Giller Prize Jury
" . . . despite the grim rural-dystopian setting of failing farms and strung-out teenagers and dysfunctional families, this is a novel of redemption." -Winnipeg Free Press
"It is invigorating to read a story that deals, without irony or apology, with the current generation of young Canadians." -Quill & Quire
" 'Stolen' is a powerful and unconventional novel. It marks a very impressive debut." -Word Magazine
"It is, in fact, the tautcraft of 'Stolen''s narrative and Lapointe's profound evocation of place that makes this book truly stand out. ... Lapointe has stepped out with a masterful debut." -subTerrain Magazine
Giller Prize Nominee
Winner, Saskatchewan Book Awards
Best First Book, City of Saskatoon Book Award
Annette Lapointe was born in Saskatoon on the coldest day of 1978 to hippy-type people who made their own granola and organic baby food. The family's pursuit of pastoral bliss led Annette to be schooled mostly in a small, scary town outside the city, for which her parents have since apologized. She did her BA at the University of Saskatchewan, and her MA at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the U of S. After achieving Masterhood, she taught ESL in South Korea and women's studies at the U of S. Recently, she wandered back to South Korea and thence to Winnipeg, to pursue doctoral studies in English. She currently divides her time between Saskatoon and Winnipeg, with the result that most of her time is actually spent on the road.