Set in southern Ontario during the 1980’s, acclaimed poet Catherine Graham’s debut novel is as layered as the open-pit mine for which it is named. Only child Caitlin Maharg lives with her parents beside a water-filled limestone quarry, but her idyllic upbringing collapses when she learns her mother is dying. After a series of family secrets emerges, she must confront the past and face her uncertain future. Lyrically charged, jewelled with images, and at times darkly comic, Graham’s prose weaves a mysterious, hypnotic tale of loss, deception, and the courage to swim the depths of life alone.
About the Author:
Catherine Graham is the author of six acclaimed poetry collections, including Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of the International Festival of Authors’ Poetry NOW. While living in Northern Ireland, Graham completed an M.A. in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. Quarry is her first novel.