Picket Fences: A Novel by Emma L.R. Hogg
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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 (softcover)
  • ISBN 978-1-7770101-5-7 (html)
  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Publication date: October 2020
  • CAD $ 21.95

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. 

Emma L.R. Hogg has done it again! 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. Sloane as a character is deeply flawed, but relatable. Her slow realization of herself, her belated coming-of-age as the book copy describes it, is portrayed with a literary style and grace that is unmistakably Hogg-esque. 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

Word on the Street Toronto

September 23, 2020


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