Heidi Sopinka

Heidi Sopinka has worked as a bush cook in the Yukon, a travel writer in Southeast Asia, a helicopter pilot, a magazine editor, an environment columnist at The Globe and Mail, and is a designer and co-founder of Horses Atelier, with fellow EMWF 2018 author, Claudia Dey. Her writing has won a National Magazine Award and has appeared in numerous publications, including Toronto Life, Flare, Chatelaine, and The Believer. The Dictionary of Animal Languages is her first novel.

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The Dictionary of Animal Languages

Hamish Hamilton

The Dictionary of Animal Languages is a novel of love, longing, and art set in interwar Paris. The main character, Ivory Frame, is a renowned artist. Now in her nineties, the famously reclusive painter remains devoted to he work. She has never married, never had a family, never had a child. So when a letter arrives disclosing that she has a granddaughter living in New York, her world is turned upside down and the past is brought painfully to life.