The Lavender Child
Winner, Best First Book, Saskatchewan Book Awards (1998)
A year in the lives, dreams and awakenings of the Protheroe family. Baby Dion is brain-damaged at birth, yet he is a sweet and powerful influence on his parents, his five sisters and his grandparents. Under his spell, the reader travels through the minds of three generations: a group of wonderfully individual people who nevertheless define family in a wholly original and exciting way.
“The Lavender Child reminds me of the best of Anne Tyler and Barbara Kingsolver, confident, witty, tender and smart... An auspicious debut, sassy, clear-eyed and beautifully told.” – Sandra Birdsell
Cover image: "Ceridwen's Dream" – Harriet Richards, 1976