Daher brings young adult novel to book club
The Free Press Book Club, in conjunction with McNally Robinson Booksellers, will welcome Winnipeg author Anita Daher to this month’s virtual book club meeting on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. to read and discuss her novel, You don’t have to die in the end.
Published in 2020 by Great Plains, Daher’s latest young adult novel focuses on Eugenie (Genie), a 16-year-old girl who is sent to a youth correctional ranch in northern British Columbia after seriously assaulted a teenage girl (the most recent in a list of offences). As Genie finds her feet at the ranch, working a strict schedule of daily chores and attending group therapy with others in a similar situation, she begins to come to terms with some of her past traumas, including the death of his father by suicide, his mother leaving and complicated relations with his two brothers. The tools she learns on the ranch are immediately tested when a series of unexpected events push her back into old patterns. Genie must decide if the change is not only possible to achieve, but also what she really desires.