AFTERSHOCK by Alison Taylor (HarperCollins) has been shortlisted for the 2021 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, part of the Atlantic Book Awards! Created to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events, the 2021 Atlantic Book Festival and Awards will take place online with virtual author events happening from May 6 to 12 and culminating with a virtual Awards Gala on May 13, 2021.


Nightmares still haunt Chloe thirteen years after a fatal tragedy led to the disintegration of her family. Her mother, Jules, has a busy tech career, a long history of chronic pain—and little time for Chloe. After Chloe drops out of university to travel for a year, Jules’s OxyContin dependency quickly worsens. Aftershock follows their parallel journeys: Jules struggles to regain control of her life, while Chloe, after a rocky visit with her estranged father in New Zealand, resolves to go off the map and spend some time alone, travelling. When Jules suddenly can’t find her daughter, the feeling is all too familiar. Mother and daughter will need to address old secrets and the emotional impact they have wrought before they can reconcile with each other, and, finally, with themselves.

Alison Taylor was fired from jobs as a babysitter, a chambermaid, a barista and a farm hand, before spending twenty years as a television editor in Toronto, Ontario. They have previously published a short story in Exile Literary Quarterly, performed deadpan stand-up on various comedy stages and made several internationally screened experimental short films. They now live in Fredericton, New Brunswick with their partner and two bossy felines. Aftershock is their first novel. Alison is represented by Samantha Haywood.

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