From the winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, an engaging new novel about the unconventional Estella Diamond and her struggle with the expectations that bind her family
Estella Diamond is the youngest child and only daughter of a successful brick-factory owner, a self-described family man who is not averse to being called a kingpin. Estella’s precocious nature leads her to discover something none of her brothers know: that their father was once married to an aspiring ceramics artist named Salina, who dreamed big and turned her back on society’s conventions.
Estella grows up planning her future in the image of her father’s daring first wife, rather than that of her traditional mother. When her plans are derailed again and again by the family patriarchy, she longs to rebel and be like Salina. Unable to openly challenge her father, and with a chorus of sisters-in-law passing judgment, she does the right thing instead, and plays the role of the good daughter.
Until she doesn’t.
The effects of Estella’s rebellion will stay with her and the family for years, until she is left alone in the house her father built with only her housekeeper, Emyflor, for company. When an uncompromising young woman named Hannah Diamond enters her world, Estella is forced to wrestle with the legacy she helped create and to confront the woman she has become, just in time for one last reinvention.
Praise for Liberty Street Finalist for a High Plains Book Award, a Saskatchewan Book Award and the City of Regina Books Award. A Winnipeg Free Press Favourite Read of the year.
“A story of compassion, redemption and of coming to terms with one’s past told with intelligence, humour and wit.”
“Suffused with details of small-town life and feelings of regret, [Liberty Street] has the seductive melancholy of a country song being played on a long drive home. . . .[A] mesmerizing tale of bad choices and their consequences.”
“Highly readable. . . . Understated yet touching.”
“Warren succeeds in making the ordinary extraordinary. . . .Her gloriously dry humour and perceptiveness shine throughout.”
“A meander through complex emotional terrain.”