Young Audrey Flowers is living with her pet tortoise when she receives an unexpected phone call. Her father has been killed in a bizarre accident involving a Christmas tree, and Audrey must return home to her beloved, grief-stricken Uncle Thoby.
Before long, she realises there is a mystery to her father’s life and death that needs to be solved. She embarks on an extraordinary journey; one that unfolds in a world that is almost, but not quite, our own.
Jessica Grant lives in Newfoundland. Come, Thou Tortoise is her first novel.
-A spectacular debut from one of the rising stars of Knopf Canada
-Grant has won both The Western Magazine Prize and the Journey Prize for her short fiction
-For fans of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
‘A work of great subtlety and skill…will have readers clamouring for a second novel from this talented Canadian writer’. – Literary Review
‘A deadpan, captivating and offbeat adventure’ – Big Issue
‘Jessica Grant has an engaging, wry and forthright style, which echoes Don DeLillo, Lewis Carroll and Kurt Vonnegut Jr… A delight’. Globe & Mail
‘One of those rare books that manage to entwine humour – in this case, even outright silliness – with poignant insight and a captivating plot’. – Quill & Quire