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Nancy Lee

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The author Nancy Lee discusses her first novel, The Age (McClelland & Stewart, 2014) and more, with Joseph Planta.

The Age by Nancy Lee (McClelland & Stewart, 2014).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: The Age

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

The Age is Nancy Lee’s debut novel. It’s been a much anticipated book from the author of the highly regarded Dead Girls, her short story collection from a decade or so ago. In The Age, Gerry is a teen in the Vancouver of 1984. While her life around her is less than ideal: parents who’ve split: a dad who’s gone off to California to another family, and a mom, whose new boyfriend is a source of much consternation. Gerry seeks a place in this world with friends who are ardent activists against the nuclear threat that dominates the era. I’ll get Ms. Lee to fill in the rest, as she joins me now to talk about the book and more. The book has gotten a lot of good notices. The redoubtable Rob Wiersema says of the book: ‘It’s a fundamentally human novel, unflinching from the darkness, both outside and within.’ Nancy Lee is also an assistant professor in the Creative Writing department at the University of British Columbia. The book is published by McClelland and Stewart. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Nancy Lee; Ms. Lee, good morning.