A moving and fiercely honest novel that explores marriage through the lens of a crisis of mortality.
Tessa McWatt was born in Guyana, and moved to Canada with her family when she was three. She is the author of five earlier novels; her second, Dragons Cry, was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the City of Toronto Book Award. She developed and leads the MA in Writing- Imaginative Practice programme at the University of East London. She divides her time between London and Toronto.
"A gripping story focusing on a complex marriage as it reaches crisis point." * Easy Living *
"Depicts the power struggles and compromises of a long marriage with bracing honesty." * Financial Times *
"Part love story, part forensic examination of the psyche, Tessa McWatt digs deep into what makes us human in this disturbing portrait of family life." -- Camilla Gibb
"Packed with fascinating insight ... It's a gripping read" -- Cynthia MacDonald * Globe & Mail *
"A mesmerizing read. . . . [A] beautiful book. . . . A story of such enigma and economy . . . She depicts the undulating landscape of an enduring marriage with poignancy and power . . . Vital Signs is a work of literature, criticism and philosophy all at once: A formidable intellectual hat trick. At the same time McWatt tells a sincere and simple tale, that like children, we wish would never end." -- Donna Bailey Nurse * National Post *