PRAISE FOR ROAR
Fierce, tender, brave, and incendiary, Roar is a story for these fractious times that couldn’t be more true...here’s a righteous shredding of the ignorance that underlies transphobic, and by extension all, hatred. As Thompson so compellingly shows us, keeping silent only nurtures it.
Carol Bruneau, 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award.
Fire and ash, breath, spirit and mist, forest, river and sea, earth wafting sweet scents of peony, honeysuckle. Shelley Thompson’s Roar is a beautiful, deeply immersive story of a family’s resilience through loss, and their work of healing...We’ve always needed this story but now we need it more than ever.
Jeanette Lynes Author of The Apothecary’s Garden, The Factory Voice Long listed for the Giller prize, The Globe and Mail Top 100 Book
Wow. Wow. Wow. I want to roar, READ THIS BOOK.
I do not have enough superlatives. ROAR is simply stunning: a courageous book the world needs right now and forever. Masterfully crafted. Sentences that steal your breath. Characters so richly imagined, they follow you around and occupy your heart. Microscopic detail that lures us into every scene, breaks us open, provokes, informs, heals, transforms. Raw and tender, heartbreaking and joyful. Infused with love, compassion, and unblinking truth. Above all else, ROAR is unforgettable. A debut novel it may be, yet it introduces the voice of an enlightened, gifted storyteller.
From Sheree Fitch (NS)- Award-Winning Canadian Author and Order of Canada Recipient
ROAR is a model for finding a road back to. your family. It reminds us that the process of repairing relationships sometimes asks us to take trust fall.
From Ronnie Ali, registered psychotherapist