Industrial Roots preserves the oral tradition of storytelling through the lives of working-class women in Ontario.
Héloïse Press is thrilled to announce their first English title by Canadian author Lisa Pike. Rooted in the oral tradition of storytelling, Industrial Roots is an exceptional collection of interwoven domestic vignettes narrated by different female characters. The stories in this book concern mainly the daily experiences of blue-collar life amongst the members of a working class family. A woman that feels the urge to steal babies, an alcoholic husband, cousins in love with the same man, aging parents, absent fathers - all have a place in the stories these women tell. Lisa Pike uses a variety of registers, from slang to standard English, to shape the characters' stories. A playful use of the English language that dissolves the boundaries between the oral and written traditions.
"Aficionados of greyscale Americana will love these interlinked vignettes - perfect polaroid snapshots of everyday life for generations of working-class women in Ontario." Stu Hennigan, author of Ghosts Signs
"These bittersweet vignettes linked by intergenerational familial ties are little gems making up a caustic jewel of a novel."
Jonathan Wolfman, BAFTA-Winner screenwriter and producer.
"Lisa Pike is a wonderful writer. She brings these characters and their trials to life in a prose that carries their stories along in an engaging and accessible way."
Dr Karina M. Szczurek, publisher and author of The Fifth Mrs Brink: A Memoir
Lisa Pike was born in Windsor, Ontario. She studied in France, worked in Italy, and completed her PhD at the University of Toronto. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in magazines and anthologies including CV2, The New Quarterly, Riddle Fence, Re: Generations: Canadian Women Poets in Conversation and VIA: Voices in Italian Americana. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Policeman’s Alley; and a novel, My Grandmother’s Pill (Guernica Editions 2014).