Hero, the hyper-precocious and nosily omniscient narrator of Terry Griggs's riotous new book, The Discovery of Honey, is not one to hide her light under a bushel, nor to conceal significant, usually scandalous, happenings in her rural hometown, including her own conception, birth, and various other unruly incidents that occur throughout her young life.
Running wild even before she can walk, Hero goes on a dangerous road trip with an aunt, later takes up with her feral, bad-boy cousin, investigates a crime, kills a best friendship with a few aggressively-applied home truths, falls in conflicted love with the cousin, then determinedly, if unconvincingly, falls out.
A backwater bildungsroman—"dung" definitely included, as Hero is forthright dishing the dirt—The Discovery of Honey confirms Griggs as one of the most uproarious and confoundingly original writers at work today. It's funny business all around.
Terry Griggs is the author of Quickening, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award, The Lusty Man, Rogues' Wedding, shortlisted for the Roger's Writer's Trust Fiction Prize, and Thought You Were Dead. Her popular children's novels include the Cat's Eye Corner series, and, most recently, Nieve (Biblioasis).
PRAISE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF HONEY
“A postmodern picaresque.”—Quill & Quire
“Griggs loves words in a way that can be contagious to the reader.”—National Post
“The Discovery of Honey is packed full of vivid imagery, moving metaphors, precise prose, laugh-out-loud observations and sad essential truths.”—Winnipeg Free Press
PRAISE FOR TERRY GRIGGS
“The language, the verbal fireworks, the apparently limitless stream of image and metaphor—startling, heady, hilarious—do it all.”—The Globe and Mail
“When her poetic sensibility is joined to a narrative that is both wildly comic and poignant in mood, which happens often in her stories, the results are superb.”—The Toronto Star
“Griggs creates magical transformations with words alone.”—The Vancouver Sun
“Terry Griggs [has] made her mark as an original and arresting writer with a potential to be consistently inventive and brilliant.”—Jury for the Marian Engel Award
“She's a wildly inventive storyteller, gifted with a superb turn of phrase.”—Montreal Gazette