DC BOOKS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE PUBLICATION OF KATE WAKE
A novel by Mariianne Mays Wiebe
Kate Wake is a tender and deeply engaging novel from a distinctive new voice.
Blue Hills is a haunted place. Katie fights to reclaim her life from the grip of a profound psychological crisis, tracing back a maternal thread through a stumbled-upon and uncertain family history at the nearby, now-abandoned prairie mental asylum. As she seeks to rehabilitate the present by understanding the past, her fate becomes imaginatively intertwined with that of her great-grandmother Kate Wake, an enigmatic, independent-minded artist with a remarkable story of her own.
This variation on the Eurydice-Orpheus myth reconsiders, with a fresh, unsentimental vision, the roles of trauma, mental illness, creativity and memory in relation to art and literary form.
Sharply realized and fortified by a fierce, poetic grace, Kate Wake testifies to the timeless, urgent power of art and music with a delicately experimental, multi-genre story that unfolds its narrative mystery to reveal a shocking core.
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR KATE WAKE
Mariianne Mays Wiebe writes poetic prose that burns with a magical intensity. Her deeply empathetic imagination makes contact with so many kinds of experience at fever pitch that I would have thought were unsayable. Everything in this continually surprising novel attests to Mays Wiebe’s fiercely exacting quest for truth and a leavening mercy. Precise, funny, haunting and wise, Kate Wake is a debut novel of stunning force. It also has the rare distinction of being quite unlike anything I have read before.
—GEORGE TOLES, AUTHOR OF A HOUSE MADE OF LIGHT AND CURTAINS OF LIGHT
Mariianne Mays Wiebe’s novel is a multi-faceted, intricate conjuring of what she calls the “dream etiquette” of art-making. She exposes the thin membrane between the rational mind and the destructive capacities of creation. In this novel you’ll experience the solitary visions of the artist, the poet, the outlier, all risk-takers, courageous in their vulnerability. A beautifully written, complex weaving of history, vividly imagined and rendered with fine, delicately powerful urgency.
—MARGARET SWEATMAN, AUTHOR OF WHEN ALICE LAY DOWN WITH PETER AND FOX
Here in her debut novel, Mariianne Mays Wiebe tells the stories of these artists with grace, grit and astonishing honesty. Poetic, impressionistic, pushing the boundaries of conventional narrative, Kate Wake explores love, betrayal, ambition and searing loss as it gathers together and gently untangles the threads of two lives that are generations apart, yet intimately connected.
—CATHERINE HUNTER, AUTHOR OF AFTER LIGHT AND LUNAR WAKE
If you have an inner life, you must read this novel. It feeds the dappled self with a belief in art and an insistence on beauty. Kate Wake pries open the novel form to interweave poetry and script,all the while offering stunning commentary on history, visual art and music.
—CHRISTINA PENNER, AUTHOR OF WIDOWS OF HAMILTON HOUSE
KATE WAKE (A novel)
List price $21.95
Binding Trade Paper Size 140 x 216 mm
Publication Date: December 05, 2019
DC Books is distributed by Fitzhenry and Whiteside. www.fitzhenry.ca