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The Strength of Bone


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Co-op availableGalleys available (MLA)Novelty syringe pen giveaway (BEA)National radio campaign targeting NPR's Science Friday and The WorldNational print & blog campaign targeting O, Chatelaine, Harper's, The Nation, Ed Champion, Bookslut, the LA Review of Books, Bookforum, The New Inquiry, The New Republic, The NYRB, Rumpus, Brooklyn Rail, The Millions, Good Housekeeping, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Quarterly Conversation, Bookslut, the LA Review of Books, Little Star, Reader's Digest, Shelf Awareness, Largehearted Boy, Salon, the Longest Chapter, as well as The Bellevue Literary Review, Medical Ethics and The Journal of the American Medical Association, and selected world literature/African literature publications: The Chimurenga Chronic, Words without Borders, etc.Book Club guide downloadable from Biblioasis website & available in monthly newsletterGoodreads giveawaysConsidering submission to B&N Discover ProgramConsidering B&T Arc Program

About the Author

Lucie Wilk grew up in Toronto, completed her medical training in Vancouver, and now makes London, England her home. Her short fiction has been nominated for the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize Anthology, long-listed for a CBC Canada Writes literary prize, and appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire and Shortfire Press. She is working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She practices medicine and lives with her husband and two children in London, UK.


"Wilk aptly captures the bleakness of medical crises in Africa ... [her] prose never entirely relinquishes its rational edge, and so many of the tensions which move the story remain necessarily unresolved. This is a book honest in its brutality, though brightened by hopeful sparks."--ForeWord "Absorbing and finely crafted ... Wilk enthralls the reader in smooth and unsparing prose as her starry-eyed protagonist learns the hard way that sometimes acceptance is the only way forward."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "Masterfully literary."--The National Post "If you suppose [The Strength of Bone] is a love story across racial and political lines, you're underestimating the inventiveness and grace of Lucie Wilk's meditative debut. Wilk instead works with what is unspoken, hinted at, and left to the imagination ... anything but typical."--Kamal Al-Solaylee, Quill & Quire "Wilk illuminates the differences between Malawian culture and that of the West while capturing both the fever-dream beauty and desperation of the country ... Readers who enjoyed Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone may want to give this book a try."--Library Journal "Deeply felt but never sentimental, thoughtful but not preachy, Lucie Wilk's first novel, The Strength of Bone, delivers strong characters involved in a page-turning plot. Imagery drawn from African and Canadian settings, and also from the world of medicine, enriches the novel throughout. A memorable story."--Cynthia Flood, 49th Shelf "A lyrical debut novel."--CultMontreal "Detailed, unique and undeniably human."--The Gauntlet

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