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Advance Praise for Pike Bay Lodge
“This novel brims with the details of a certain landscape (and its flora and fauna). With quiet confidence, Laurie Elmquist explores the lives of those who live in this special place. The characters throb with their own distinctiveness. The depiction of Lily, the heroine, is unforgettable. A fine first novel.”
"Clean, clear prose and likable characters, there is an engaging immediacy to Elmquist's work and her appreciative eye for the natural world is both educational and poetic."
Laurie Elmquist holds an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Windsor. Her short stories, memoir and poetry have been published in Grain and
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Pike Bay Lodge
Winner of the Random House of Canada Student Award in Writing (2009)
Sixteen-year-old Lil Booth is rarely excited by the arrival of guests at her family’s summer resort. It means more towels to be folded, more dishes to be washed, and her life disrupted. But this year, Lil eagerly awaits the arrival of lodge regular Oliver Kribbs, a biology professor at the University of Guelph.
Kribbs has made Lil his protégé, inviting her to join him on excursions with his group of naturalists, and welcoming her help in their campaign to save the Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes. When Lil discovers a nest of the endangered songbirds, she sees an opportunity to capture both Kribbs’ affection and a future in ornithology.
Her brother Jeff, who has been Lil’s rock, is suspicious of Kribbs, but Lil dismisses his warnings. Jeff’’s behaviour has been increasingly erratic and he is acting out by drinking, stealing motorbikes, and playing dead in the middle of the street.
When Jeff skips out on one of Lil’s driving lessons, his friend Jimmy Lick volunteers to fill in. Unaccustomed to Jimmy’s careful attention, Lil begins to see her brother’s friend in a new light. But all thoughts of romance are pushed aside when Jeff is arrested and Jimmy Lick fails to share the responsibility.
Unable to forgive Jimmy Lick, Lil reaches out to Kribbs, only to discover that he has taken credit for her work.
The family crisis signaled by Jeff’s behavior captures her parents’ attention, and is a catalyst for change. In the process, Lil gains their trust and confidence. That summer of heartbreak at Pike Bay Lodge is also the summer of Lil’s growth and strength.
In Pike Bay Lodge, Laurie Elmquist has written a sensitive and moving story about family struggle, love and self-discovery.