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Chelsea Bolan
The Good Sister



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Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction

Not yet fifteen, Gabriela Amador Prieto has been cast out of the family home by her father, who believes her shameful behaviour has tarnished the family honour. All traces of her have been removed, and not even Lucy, Gabi’s older sister and best friend, knows where she is. Furious at her father and desperate to find her sister, Lucy leaves their small town in Baja California, Mexico, and sets out for the capital to track Gabriela down.

While Lucy ventures deep into Mexico City’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, back at home her family members—her brothers, her mother and father, and her brother-in-law, Antonio—struggle with their own roles in Gabi’s banishment. The Good Sister presents a vibrant, captivating portrayal of contemporary Mexico, and of a family torn apart by a father’s hypocrisy. Engaging and emotionally rich, this novel is a fascinating exploration of betrayal and steadfast devotion, and the ways in which our own intolerance can harm what—and whom—we love most.


Praise for Chelsea Bolan's The Good Sister:

“From the stirring opening scene, where every trace of fifteen-year-old Gabriela is being excised from her family home, readers’ eyes and hearts are opened to all the woe and splendour of a struggling family. The Good Sister offers a unique, unflinching story of contemporary Mexico.”
—Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls

The Good Sister is a gripping debut novel: exotic, authentic and yet entirely relatable. A story of loyalty and betrayal, it exposes the paradoxes and contradictions of a family steeped in religion and tradition. A ripping good read that will grab you from the first page and leave you thinking about it long after you finish.” —Daniel Kalla, author of The Far Side of the Sky and Nightfall Over Shanghai

“Chelsea Bolan has conjured a morality tale for the ages, a hair-raising and courageous journey through el México profundo—the deep Mexico—that’s as gripping and hopeful as the land itself. An enchanting book.” —Oakland Ross, author of The Dark Virgin and The Empire of Yearning

“[A] riveting portrayal of both a family and a culture caught between the pull of the modern world and the traditions of the past” —Iris Tupholme, Executive Vice President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of HarperCollinsCanada


Genre: Fiction/Literary
Length: 304 pages (pb)
Publication Date: June 2016


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Chelsea Bolan

Photo Credit: Sean Bolan

Chelsea Bolan was born in Spokane, Washington. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Washington and a MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Seattle Weekly, CutBank, Fourteen Hills, Borderlands and in Particles on the Wall, an exhibition about Hanford and nuclear issues. She lives in Seattle.