Martha Baillie has written numerous books, including The Incident Report, which was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her most recent novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, received wide acclaim and was an O Magazine editors’ pick. Other than writing, canoeing and hiking are two of her principal passions. She lives in Toronto with her daughter and husband.
In If Clara, nobody stands on firm ground. Daisy, an author confined to her home, her leg in a cast from hip to ankle, receives a parcel containing the manuscript of a novel about a Syrian refugee, and is asked to pose as its writer. Julia, a curator of installation art, has no idea that her sister, Clara, has written a novel. However, she does know that Clara suffers from a debilitating mental illness that renders her wildly unpredictable. And Maurice’s life is changed by a pair of binoculars welded to the wall of Julia’s gallery. These stories collide in a most unexpected way.