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"The book is of a piece with André Aciman's Call Me by Your Name and other soft-core explorations of how we mess one another up, and realize it only later....Rarely have blurred lines, in weird sex or otherwise, been explored with such grace." The New York Times

Winner of the 2018 Quebec Writers' Federation Award for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

"One of the most memorable first novels I've read in 2018."-- Wall Street Journal

"The heat ripples into sentences dripping with delicious detail... Its nod to the classics makes Demi-Gods comparable to Donna Tartt's The Secret History . As does the feeling of a new and important author arriving." - Financial Times

"In her poetic, essential debut novel, Eliza Robertson aims an unflinching gaze at the temptation and consequences of weaponized desire. Demi-Gods is a brutally beautiful coming-of-age story that sings with language as lovely, wild, and full of ominous longing as the young woman at its center." - Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on Fire

A story of love, lust, and the spaces in between, from a "captivating" ( New York Times ) new voice in fiction.

It is 1950, and Willa's mother has a new beau. The arrival of his blue-eyed, sun-kissed sons at Willa's summer home signals the end of her safe childhood. As her entrancing older sister Joan pairs off with Kenneth, nine-year-old Willa is drawn to his strange and solitary younger brother, Patrick.

Left to their own devices, Willa is swept up in Patrick's wicked games. As they grow up, their encounters become increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. But when Willa finally tries to reverse the trajectory of their relationship, an act of desperation has devastating results.

Unfolding between the wild freedoms of British Columbia and the glittering beaches of California, Demi-Gods explores a girl's attempt to forge a path of her own choosing in a world where female independence is suspect. Sensitive, playful, and entirely original, Eliza Robertson is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary literature.
Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780670068272
Branch Call Number: FIC Rober
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Demi gods


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liljables Jun 26, 2018

We meet Willa in the summer of 1950, when she's nine years old and living on Salt Spring Island. Willa's family has recently grown thanks to her mother's remarriage - step-siblings Patrick and Kenneth join the summertime melee alongside Willa, her younger brother and older sister. Of particular interest is Patrick, two years older than Willa and oddly captivating, vacillating between subtle aggression and flattering attention.

This quick and provocative read is not your average coming-of-age story. Demi-gods explores the power dynamics of adolescence, with Willa torn between wielding her newly-acquired feminine wiles (learned at the knee of her manipulative mother) and bending to Patrick's psycho-sexual mind games. For a low-key freak like myself, Demi-gods is the perfect summer read - the writing is lush and sensual, and Willa and Patrick's relationship is dysfunctional in the most enthralling way.

May 28, 2018

This book has beautiful writing, nuanced characters and many social issues to think about. It made me think particularly of the way one person may influence another and not necessarily in a good way. However, even the twisted Patrick is a creature to be pitied and not a completely dark uni-dimentional person. The book also explores the issue of women not feeling maternal but being expected by society to conform to that image. It is not a pretty book with a feel good ending, it is a book with depth.

Oct 18, 2017

Seemed to be about small teenage happenings but nothing worth writing about
except an act of stupidity at the end. Only finished it as I had already put in the time thinking it would have to have some substance soon.

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