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Speechless

by Anne Simpson

tagged: literary, contemporary women
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published: May 2020
pages: 360
ISBN:9781988298627
publisher: Freehand Books
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Winner of the 2021 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

A'isha Nasir is a Nigerian teenager who has been charged with adultery and sentenced to death. Sophie MacNeil is an ambitious young Canadian journalist who meets A'isha and writes an impassioned article about her plight. But when the article sets off waves of outrage and violence, Sophie is forced to come to terms with the naivete with which she approached the story. Who can -- and should -- tell a story?

Speechless is a stunning novel of justice, witness, and courage. In luminous prose, Simpson explores the power of words, our responsibility for them, and the ways they affect others in matters of life and death.

About the Author
Anne Simpson is one of Canada's rising stars. Her story "Dreaming Snow" won the Journey Prize, and her first novel, Canterbury Beach, was a finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her first poetry collection, Light Falls Through You, won the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Gerald Lampert Award and was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Award; her second, collection was Loop. After spending a year as writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, she has returned to her home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
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Anne Simpson has published three novels, Speechless, winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, Canterbury Beach, and Falling, longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and winner of the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. She has also written five poetry collections, of which Strange Attractor is the most recent. She won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Loop in 2004. Her book of essays, The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness, examines poetry, art, and philosophy. Simpson has worked as a writer-in-residence at libraries and universities across the country. She lives in Nova Scotia.

Editorial Review

"[P]assionate and ambitious . . . Simpson introduces us to a cast of fully realized characters and spins a fast-paced and gripping narrative, with high stakes. What does it mean to speak for yourself, or for others?" — Johanna Skibsrud, author of The Sentimentalists

"[F]iery, poetic, and at times devastating . . . An excoriating and beautiful read with the urgency of right here, right now." — Carol Bruneau, author of A Circle on the Surface

"Simpson deftly navigates the chaos that erupts at the outset of this sublime novel, guiding us through the vividly imagistic and inter¬twined desires of all her characters as their stories unfold in this deeply moving whirlwind of a read." — Elizabeth Philips, author of The Afterlife of Birds

"A global narrative about gender and race, about words and actions and reactions, with tough female characters who will not back down and instead stand together against injustice. Simpson is a beautiful writer and this is a bold, brave book." — Alexander Macleod, author of Light Lifting