A Novel

Author: Emma L.R. Hogg

A funny and poignant story about coming of age after you’ve already grown up.

Sloane Sawyer had it all planned—she and her best friend Stephie would graduate from high school, get out of Tippett Valley and have dazzling complementary careers. Sloane would become an award-winning graphic designer, creating band posters using Stephie’s artwork. She would also have a loving husband, the requisite two kids and a house with a white picket fence. As she turns thirty, Sloane has a boring job and a boss who ignores her. She has no children, doesn’t own a house, has gained fifteen pounds and questions how her video game-playing husband could possibly love her. And Stephie, working in a bar and living in Tippett Valley with the disreputable Randy, is increasingly distant. Even as Sloane clings to her dream, she comes to realize that she and Stephie won’t be able to move forward until they finally confront an old tragedy. 

  • Fiction
  • ISBN 978-1-7770101-4-0 (paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1-7770101-5-7 (ebook)
  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Publication date: October 2020
  • Paperback: CA $21.95 / US $17.95
  • Ebook: CA $3.95 / US $2.95

Taking threads from the lives of girls and women, Emma L.R. Hogg weaves together utterly believable inner and outer worlds. Here is a promising new voice in Canadian fiction. 

Darcie Friesen Hossack, Danuta Gleed Runner-Up, Commonwealth Prize Shortlisted Author

I LOVED this book. I was in the middle of reading a major thriller and foolishly read the first few pages of Picket Fences, two days later I’m finished.  I cannot do this book justice with a description. It is about nothing and everything. It’s complicated yet simple, happy yet sad. I found myself laughing out loud and then teary eyed. The storytelling is masterful… Read the full review.

April Sanderlin, The Fictional Housewife

Hogg knows how to take an average person (who could be any one of us) and bring intrigue and insight to their otherwise ordinary existence . . . I’m sure I will be a lifelong reader of Hogg’s work and hope she earns the recognition she deserves in the landscape of Canadian literature.

Jessica Trudel, Silverleaf Writers Guild