Elora Dixon is a vibrant, middle-aged lawyer and disability-rights activist who has never walked a step in her life. A neuromuscular disease left her with a curved spine and a reliance on around-the-clock care. Nonetheless, she is an inexorable force when chance pits her against the notorious Julian Summer, who is in town promoting his internationally bestselling book. Julian is a fervent supporter of euthanasia, and Elora is the counter-argument—a living rebuke to parents who want the option of euthanizing a disabled newborn. So it comes as a shock, especially to Elora, when the two find themselves acutely attracted to one another. Will she learn to negotiate her feelings and her convictions, or will Julian’s beliefs begin to colour her own?
About the author
Judith Thompson is a two-time winner of the Governor Generalâ??s Literary Award for White Biting Dog and The Other Side of the Dark. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada and in 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Palace of the End. Judith is a professor of drama at the University of Guelph and lives with her husband and five children in Toronto.
"One of Canada’s most thoughtful playwrights, Thompson excels in creating poetic, exciting onologues for her characters and The Thrill has a number of them: speeches that make us sit up, listen and consider even the most mundane situation or detail in a fresh way." —Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine
Other titles by Judith Thompson
Five Plays for High Schools
Writers on Writing in Canada
Hedda Gabler & Sirens: Elektra in Bosnia
Watching Glory Die
Lion In The Streets
White Biting Dog and Other Plays
Judith Thompson, Vol. 1
The Daughter of Adoption
A Tale of Modern Times