Ian Williams is one of those special writers excelling at penning poetry as well as prose. His first book, You Know Who You Are, was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Prize, while Personals was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Award. His short story collection, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. His latest work, Reproduction, is a novel about families—those we are born into and those we choose to form. Teenaged Felicia and the much older Edgar meet in the hospital room their dying mothers are sharing. Babies are born, denials and misunderstanding abound while a host of diverse characters navigate class, race and what it means to be a family. Balancing grief with humour, Williams’ debut novel is further proof of his literary prowess.
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