Linda Svendsen

Linda Svendsen's critically acclaimed linked collection, Marine Life, was published in Canada, the U.S., and Germany and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Saturday Night, O. Henry Prize Stories, Best Canadian Stories and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Marine Life was nominated for the LA Times First Book Award and released as a feature film. Svendsen's television writing credits include adaptations of The Diviners, At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story, and she co-produced and co-wrote the miniseries Human Cargo, which garnered seven Gemini Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. She received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College and a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She is a Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. Her new novel, Sussex Drive, was published in October 2012.

"In Sussex Drive, Linda Svendsen takes us deep behind the lines of Ottowa's politics, polls and pomp, and into the lives of Canada's two most powerful women. By turns shocking, funny, sizzling and illuminating, this story is brilliantly written with an unnerving authenticity that makes it seem all too real. You're going to want to read this." —Terry Fallis, author of THE BEST LAID PLANS and UP AND DOWN


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Linda Svendsen's new novel, Sussex Drive, was published by Random House Canada in October 2012.


Marine Life

In these seamlessly interwoven stories Linda Svendsen charts with tenderness and devastating accuracy the longings, pleasures, and terrors of belonging to a family. Through the watchful and sometimes astonished eyes of Adele Nordstrom, we see her chaotic working-class home in Vancouver: her mother, June, a cocktail pianist who never stops believing in the redemptive power of another marriage, and who soothes a frightened daughter by playing "Away in a Manger" on her back; and her brother Ray, the roving charmer. And there's Adele herself, who as a child will look unsparingly at the failures of her elders, and as a grownup will find herself helplessly repeating them. (HarperCollins Canada, June 1993)