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Brian Francis
Natural Order



Natural Order by Brian FrancisFrom Brian Francis, author of the Book Sense pick and Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” title, Fruit, comes a poignant, compassionate breakout novel about motherhood, acceptance and redemption

Joyce Sparks, faced with the impending sale of her home and an uncertain future, sifts through her past, dusting off unsettling memories of her son, John, and the secrets about him she’s kept hidden from her husband, friends and neighbours—and even from herself. When a horrible lie about a treasured childhood friend is discovered, Joyce begins to understand the true and tragic consequences of her choices.

Sweeping from Joyce’s teenage years in a ‘50s small-town to her final days at the end of the twentieth century, this is a profound, witty and vibrant portrait of a woman who proves it’s never too late to live.

Praise for Natural Order:

Selected as an Amazon Best Book of August 2011

“Wonderful … Francis nails every detail of a small-town mother’s love.”
Kathleen Winters, author of Annabel


Genre/Category: Literary fiction
Setting: Small town Ontario
Period: 1930s to 1980s
Length: 384 pp

Canadian rights, Doubleday Canada

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Brian Francis
Photocredit: Paula Wilson
  Brian Francis has worked as a freelance writer for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Fruit, his first novel, became a Canadian sensation when it was named a finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads 2009. It also was named in NOW Magazine’s Top 10 Books of the Year, picked as a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” title and was a Book Sense selected title. In 2000, Francis received the Emerging Author Award from the Writers’ Union of Canada. Francis grew up in Sarnia, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto.