Mariianne Mays Wiebe
is a published poet and professional editor with a lively interest in history, performance and visual art, about which she has written extensively. She lives in Winnipeg. Kate Wake is her first novel.
"Mariianne Mays Wiebe writes poetic prose that burns with a magical intensity. Her deeply empathetic imagination makes contact with so many kinds of experience at fever pitch that I would have thought were unsayable. Everything in this continually surprising novel attests to Mays Wiebe's fiercely exacting quest for truth and a leavening mercy. Precise, funny, haunting and wise, Kate Wake is a debut novel of stunning force. It also has the rare distinction of being quite unlike anything I have read before."
— George Toles, author of A House Made of Light and Curtains of Light
"If you have an inner life, you must read this novel. It feeds the dappled self with a belief in art and an insistence on beauty. Kate Wake pries open the novel form to interweave poetry and script, all the while offering stunning commentary on history, visual art and music."
— Christina Penner, author of Widows of Hamilton House
"Here in her debut novel, Mariianne Mays Wiebe tells the stories of these artists with grace, grit and astonishing honesty. Poetic, impressionistic, pushing the boundaries of conventional narrative, Kate Wake explores love, betrayal, ambition and searing loss as it gathers together and gently untangles the threads of two lives that are generations apart, yet intimately connected."
— Catherine Hunter, author of After Light and Lunar Wake
"A beautifully written, complex weaving of history, vividly imagined and rendered with fine, delicately powerful urgency."
— Margaret Sweatman, author of When Alice Lay Down with Peter and Fox
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