Neil Smith

Neil Smith

Neil Smith is a Canadian writer and translator. His novel Boo, published in 2015, won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Boo was also nominated for a Sunburst Award and the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award and was longlisted for the Prix des libraires du Québec. Smith published his debut book, the short story collection Bang Crunch, in 2007. It was chosen as a best book of the year by the Washington Post and the Globe and Mail, won the McAuslan First Book Prize from the Quebec Writers’ Federation, and was a finalist for the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Ficton. Three stories in the book were also nominated for the Journey Prize.

Smith also works as a translator, from French to English. The Goddess of Fireflies, his translation of Geneviève Pettersen’s novel La déesse des mouches à feu, was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for translation.

This novel is so deliriously alive, it snaps, crackles, and pops with the intense heat of its internal fire.” –Zsuzsi Gartner



<strong>From the award-winning author of <em>Bang Crunch</em> and <em>Boo</em>, <em>Jones</em> is the harrowing, funny, utterly unforgettable story of a pair of siblings attempting to survive the horror show of their family.</strong>

Abi and Eli share a special bond. Eli looks up to his sister Abi, two years older. Pal, their alcoholic father, is haunted by demons from the Korean War, and their less-than-nurturing mother Joy hasn’t got the courage to leave him. And then, on Eli’s twelfth birthday, the darkness deepens when he stumbles on something he doesn’t understand – an episode that represents the beginning of Abi’s unraveling, although no one knows it yet. Searing, affecting and often darkly funny, <em>Jones </em>explores the treacherous intersection between love and violence, and the extreme measures Abi and Eli must take to escape the legacy of a toxic inheritance.

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