Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction -- Shortlisted
For Elinor Greystone, the only way forward is back into the past.
At ninety years of age, Elinor, a Saskatchewan Cree artist, inveterate roll-your-own smoker, and talker to rivers and stuffed bison, sets out to find something that was stolen almost a lifetime ago. With what little time she has left, she is determined to find the child taken from her after she, only a child herself, was raped at a residential school.
It is 1968, and a harsh winter and harsher attitudes await Elinor, her daughter, and her granddaughter as they set out on an odyssey to right past wrongs, enduring a present that tests their spirit and chips away at their aboriginal heritage. Confronting a history of trauma, racism, love, and cultural survival, Tears in the Grass is the story of an unflagging woman searching for the courage to open her heart to a world that tried to tear it out.
About the Author
Lynda A. Archer was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She holds a MFA in creative writing and has worked as a clinical psychologist for more than thirty years. Her short stories have been published in The Dalhousie Review, The Wascana Review, and The New Quarterly. Tears in the Grass is her first novel. Lynda lives amidst tall cedars and grand firs on an island in British Columbia.