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WHAT A WICKED GAME YOU PLAYED

Book Launch for Eliza Robertson's Demi-Gods > SEPTEMBER 11


Hamish Hamilton and Type Books invite you to celebrate the Toronto launch of the highly anticipated debut novel from Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner Eliza Robertson, Demi-Gods. John Boyne calls it "unsettling and compulsive," which is a pretty close comparison to television's Riverdale.

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. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eliza Robertson attended the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and Journey Prize. Her first story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award and selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. In 2015, she was named one of five emerging writers for the Writers’ Trust Five x Five program. She lives in Montreal.

Toronto Launch of Eliza Robertson's 
Demi-Gods
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Monday, September 11, 7-9pm
FREE