Dundurn Press, 2013
This contemporary novel is about a middle-aged woman who travels to the family cottage to scatter the ashes of her husband, father and twin sister, only to discover that a mysterious and menacing stranger has claim-staked a portion of her property. In the course of dealing with this intrusion, she must also contend with her troubled past, her adversarial relationship with her sister and her own self-destructive tendencies. Surface Rights is a darkly funny novel about belonging, family, dogs, fear of fat, ghosts and place.
“A thoroughly readable, and enjoyable, modern family saga. The Macouns may be f**ked up but they’re, frankly, very engaging in their humanness.”
Robert Colliso, Toronto Star