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The Sudden Weight of Snow

by Laisha Rosnau

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imprint: Emblem Editions
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This virtuoso first novel weaves stories and decades into a tightly knit, haunting narrative, as it sets into relief two generations marked by the 1960s – those who lived through them, and those who came after. Seventeen-year-old Sylvia (Harper) Kostak is caught between her mother’s regrets and the strictures of small-town life in the interior of British Columbia. When Harper meets Gabe, an intense and enigmatic young man living on the ’60s-style arts commune outside of town, she is transfixed. Gradually we learn Gabe’s story and what led him to join his estranged mother on the commune, where, in a bid for freedom, Harper eventually finds herself, setting in motion a series of events leading to tragedy. Resonant with longing and a sense of isolation, the novel brings alive the agonies and ecstasies of growing up, sexual discovery, and how the need to belong can shape both decisions and destinies.

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About the Author

Laisha Rosnau is the author of The Sudden Weight of Snow (McClelland and Stewart, 2002), which was an honourable mention for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Rosnau’s first collection of poetry, Notes on Leaving (Nightwood, 2004), won the 2005 Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award. Her second, Lousy Explorers (Nightwood, 2009), was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. Her most recent book of poetry, Pluck (Nightwood, 2014), was nominated for the national Raymond Souster Award. Rosnau teaches fiction and poetry at UBC, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Film School and Okanagan College. She and her family are the resident caretakers of Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary in Coldstream, BC.

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Contributor Notes

Laisha Rosnau was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and grew up in Vernon, British Columbia. She has worked as a child-care worker, a landscaper, a waitress, a fruit picker, an interpretive guide, a journalist, and an editor. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she was the Executive Editor of PRISM international. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, the United States, and Australia. The Sudden Weight of Snow is her first novel.

Laisha Rosnau lives in Vancouver, where she is at work on a collection of poetry and on her second novel.

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Editorial Review

“Rosnau’s sensitive portrayal of the liminal world of adolescence captivates.…Deft, passionate.…Rosnau is one writer whose book lives up to the jacket hype.…Fresh, original, funny and rife with insight.…A stunning debut. . . .”
Toronto Star
“Delicate and powerful, all-encompassing.…The Sudden Weight of Snow is compassionately conceived and beautifully written. The characters and language insinuate themselves into the mind and become an unshakeable and welcome part of a reader’s landscape.”
Edmonton Journal
“True in a way only excellent fiction can be.…Rosnau’s nearly perfect emotional pitch, precise descriptions and gift for nuance makes Harper’s own confusion compelling. Quite an achievement in a first novel.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Her depictions of small-town adolescence will resonate with any reader who spent their teenage years longing to be anywhere but home.”
Quill & Quire
The Sudden Weight of Snow declares the arrival of an exciting new voice on the CanLit scene.”
–Kitchener-Waterloo Record
“In this moving first novel, Laisha Rosnau demonstrates a clear, keen eye for the nuances of mannerism and the significance of gesture, and gives a vivid account of growing up in a blind alley of a town in the B.C. interior. She also reaches well beyond her setting by means of a structure of slowly converging, and finally colliding, stories.”
–Steven Heighton

“Rosnau’s tale is about time and place, and the search for roots, a personal grounding place. Her prose has power and weight.”
Hamilton Spectator
“The emotional power of Laisha Rosnau’s debut novel descends unexpectedly, leaving the reader tenderly transfixed.”
–Susan Swan

“Rosnau makes good use of the inherent tensions and conflicts occurring in such a cultural crossroads.…Rosnau can write a sentence as clear as the sky over Kamloops.”
Georgia Straight
“Engrossing.…You come away from the book with a renewed appreciation of just how mysterious other people can be – not just strangers, but the very people who are closest and
most important to you.”
Vue Weekly
“A provocative study of alienation and belonging.”
Vancouver Sun
“The writing is finely crafted throughout, earthy yet lyrical. Rosnau is a talent to watch.”
–Montreal Gazette

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