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From the renowned author of Sweetness in the Belly, The Beauty of Humanity Movement and This Is Happy, comes a bold, urgent and richly imagined novel about what it means to be a family in our modern world.
Lila is on a long, painful journey toward motherhood. Tess and Emily are reeling after their ugly separation and fighting over ownership of the embryos that were supposed to grow their family together. And thousands of miles away, the unknown man who served as anonymous donor to them all is being held in captivity in Somalia. While his life remains in precarious balance, his genetic material is a source of both creation and conflict.
What does it mean to be a family in our rapidly shifting world? What are our responsibilities to each other with increasing options for how to create a family?
As these characters grapple with life-altering changes, they will find themselves interconnected in ways they cannot have imagined, and forced to redefine what family means to them.
What the critics say
"Camilla Gibb's new book The Relatives proves she's one of Canada's best storytellers. [She] grabs us from the start with this thriller-paced novel.... Taut, suspenseful prose urges us ever forward, probing the deeper connections among her beautifully flawed family of characters.... Taking us into the bright and the dark, worlds known and unknown, Gibb's multi-layered tale solves these mysteries with the immense satisfaction that only the best storytellers can deliver." (Toronto Star)
"This slim volume packs a punch. Beautifully written, and oh, what a story of family and lives coming together! I loved it." (The Kit)