Front cover: Stillwater by Darcie Friesen Hossack

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Free recipe card for a Mennonite childhood favourite: Chow.

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Free recipe card for the classic Seventh-day Adventist dish: Special K Roast.

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A novel

Author: Darcie Friesen Hossack

When Lizzy is forced to move to the Adventist commune of Stillwater, she is sure the end times have begun. She’s not wrong. 

Sixteen-year-old Lizzy is trapped, caught between her passion for science and the teachings of her Seventh-day Adventist father and Mennonite mother. But she isn’t the only one with problems: her mother, Marie, is increasingly reliant on prescription medication to recover from a car accident that might—or might not—have been deliberately caused by her husband, Daniel.

In a bid to regain his social standing and self-esteem, Daniel moves the family to an Adventist commune in BC’s Okanagan Valley, where Lizzy meets another recent arrival with secrets of his own. He helps her establish a clandestine connection to the outside world that she hopes will help her curb her tongue and retain her sanity long enough to finish high school, but her plans change when her younger brother, Zach, is threatened. Lizzy and Zach flee to Marie’s childhood home with their reluctant mother in tow. When her father arrives to take his family back to Stillwater, old resentments collide with new, forcing everyone to face a day of judgement. 

  • Fiction, 296pp
  • ISBN 978-1-990160-20-2 (paperback)
  • ISBN 978-1-990160-21-9 (e-book)
  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Published May 2023
  • Paperback: CA $22.95 / US $18.95
  • Ebook: CA $15.95 / US $13.95

Stillwater is a delicious story of simmering cultural tensions that boil over during the pandemic. In turns irreverent, funny, deeply moving and heart-wrenching, this novel offers a window into the worlds of both Seventh-day Adventist and Mennonite believers who evidently mix about as well as oil and water. Darcie Friesen Hossack writes of these conflicting worldviews with both deep affection and unflinching honesty.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Lizzy’s journey in Stillwater is a classic coming-of-age tale: a bright and ambitious teenager struggles to move beyond the limits of her home and community. It’s also much more: an exploration of family dynamics, domestic violence, and addiction, as well as a strong contender for one of Canada’s great “pandemic novels.”

Spectrum Magazine

The novel is a testament to a young woman’s perseverance . . . hard to put down because of its exposure to a world many people have never seen. 

The British Columbia Review