Alissa York's fiction has won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award, and has been published in Canada, the U.S., France, Holland and Italy. Her most recent novel, Effigy, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, artist Clive Holden.
"Rich and strange and deeply satisfying. Whether she's adopting
the voice of a homeless teen, a yuppy vet, or a famished coyote,
York writes with a spare, unsentimental fluency that connects
strangers, enemies, species. Fauna reminds us of the life
that swoops and slithers and lopes and pounces all around us, even
in the most urban of worlds; a wild life we share and ignore at our
peril." --Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean
"Fauna is the sort of rare novel that can change the way you
see your world. Its cast of misfits and dreamers is united by their
visceral connection to the forgotten animals surviving in the green
patches of our big cities. This book is beautiful, unusual and
memorable. And Alissa York is a daring and original talent." --Jim
Lynch, author of Border Songs "Layered with astonishing
detail, with every location vividly evoked and every action a
-- The Globe and Mail
"One of the novel's strengths is the way York turns her gaze from the human world to the world of Toronto's skunks, coyotes, raccoons and squirrels. . . . Even as she brings animals to life with her writing, she is clear about the terrible toll taken by everything from cars, to skyscraper windows, to live electrical wires."
-- Winnipeg Free Press "Lyrical. . . . Fauna is well crafted, morally serious and even noble in its sensitivity."
-- Toronto Star "An extraordinary novel. . . . daring and exceptional."
-- Quill & Quire (starred review) "A tender and beautiful novel."
-- NOW (Toronto)