Daher brings young-adult novel to book club

The Free Press Book Club, in conjunction with McNally Robinson Booksellers, will welcome Winnipeg author Anita Daher to this month’s virtual book club meeting on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss her novel, You Don’t Have to Die in the End.

Published in 2020 by Great Plains, Daher’s latest young-adult novel focuses on Eugenie (Genie), a 16-year-old girl who is sent to a youth corrections ranch in northern British Columbia after seriously assaulting a teenage girl (the most recent in a list of offices). As Genie finds her feet at the ranch, working within a strict schedule of daily chores and participating in group therapy with others in a similar situation, she begins to deal with some of her past trauma, including her father’s death by suicide, her mother leaving and complicated relationships with her two brothers. The tools she learns at the ranch are tested immediately when a string of unexpected events push her back into old patterns. Genie must decide if change is not only possible to achieve, but what she truly desires.

<p>Brian Stefaniuk photo</p>
<p>Author Anita Daher</p>
<p>Brian Stefaniuk photo</p>
<p>Author Anita Daher</p>
<p>While many serious themes are woven in throughout this story, Daher’s careful writing makes the very adult topics approachable and relatable for younger readers.  Despite her flaws, or maybe because of them, Genie is a wonderfully likable character and so easy to root for as she navigated a particularly challenging time in her young life.			</p>
<p>In her 2020 review of<em> You Don’t Have to Die in the End </em>for the<em> free press,</em> writer Helen Norrie said, “Daher paints a vivid and convincing picture here of a young person with a complicated and tragic history attempting to straighten out her life. The strongest passages here are when she is living in the correctional camp. (R)eaders 14 and up will find this a compelling read.”			</p>
<p><em>You Don’t Have to Die in the End</em> was nominated for the 2021 Forest of Reading White Pine Award, and was shortlisted for the 2021 McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award.			</p>
<p>Daher will join <em>Free Press</em> writer Jill Wilson and McNally Robinson’s Josef Estabrook for a virtual book club meeting on April 25 when she will read from<em> You Don’t Have to Die in the End</em>, discuss the book’s themes and answer questions from viewers/readers.  Copies of the book are available to purchase at McNally Robinson;  There is no cost to join the book club and virtual discussion.			</p>
<p>To join the Free Press Book Club and for more information on current and future book picks, visit wfp.to/bookclub.			</p>
<p>bookclub@winnipegfreepress.com			</p>
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