Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclear is an award-winning essayist, novelist, and children’s author. Her books have been translated into 18 languages, published in more than 25 countries, and garnered nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, the First Novel Award, and the National Magazine Awards, among other honours. Her hybrid memoir, Birds Art Life, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust prize for Nonfiction and the winner of the Trillium Book Award and the Nautilus Book Award for Lyrical Prose. Maclear holds a doctorate in environmental humanities and is on the faculty at the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA. She lives in Toronto.

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<strong>For readers of <em>Crying in H Mart</em> and <em>Wintering, </em>an unforgettable memoir about a family secret revealed by a DNA test, the lessons learned in its aftermath, and the indelible power of love.</strong>

Three months after Kyo Maclear’s father dies in December 2018, she gets the results of a DNA test showing that she and the father who raised her are not biologically related. Suddenly Maclear becomes a detective in her own life, unravelling a family mystery piece by piece, and assembling the story of her biological father. Along the way, larger questions arise: what exactly is kinship? And what does it mean to be a family?

Thoughtful in its reflections on race and lineage, unflinching in its insights on grief and loyalty, Unearthing is a captivating and propulsive story of inheritance that goes beyond heredity.

What gets planted, and what gets buried? What role does storytelling play in unearthing the past and making sense of a life? Can the humble act of tending a garden provide common ground for an inquisitive daughter and her complicated mother? As it seeks to answer these questions, <em>Unearthing </em>bursts with the very love it seeks to understand.

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<strong>BE CURIOUSER</strong>
<li><em>Unearthing</em> couples the natural world with the meaning of family – <a href="">NPR</a></li>
<li>In <em>Unearthing</em>, Kyo Maclear turns an explosive discovery into an exploration of kinship – <a href="">The Globe and Mail</a></li>
<li>Memoir <em>Unearthing</em> author’s ancestry is ‘brilliantly told.’ – <a href="">Parry Sound North Star</a></li>
<li>When the Results Arrived – <a href="">Literary Review of Canada</a></li>
<li>Watch 26@26: Hiromi Goto &amp; Kyo – <a href="">Wordfest Imagine on Air</a></li>


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Unearthings starring Martha Baillie, Anne Berest & Kyo Maclear
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