Gail Anderson-Dargatz

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Gail Kathryn Anderson-Dargatz (née Anderson) (born November 14, 1963) is a Canadian novelist.

Anderson-Dargatz was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia and studied creative writing at the University of Victoria[1]

Her first novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning (1996), was an experimental yet accessible work whose story unfolded partly through narrative and partly through a collection of recipes and household tips belonging to the narrator's mother. It was a Canadian bestseller that year, making Anderson-Dargatz one of the most popular new names in Canadian literature. The novel was nominated for the Giller Prize and was awarded the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her next novel, Turtle Valley (2007), is set near Salmon Arm during a forest fire and tells the story of Kat, a woman who faces the challenge of simultaneously caring for her aging parents, young child and ill husband. It was inspired by the 1998 Salmon Arm fire, which the author had to evacuate her parents from. A major focus of the novel is "to give an unflinching portrait of the caregiver, how very hard it is on the caregiver and on all family relationships." [2]


Short story collections[edit]

  • The Miss Hereford Stories (1994) – ISBN 1-55054-160-9



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2008-10-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Gail Anderson-Dargatz Biography
  2. ^ Canadian Living : Life : Community : Interview with author Gail Anderson-Dargatz Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine

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