Eighty years after she was raped in a residential school, an elderly, roll-your-own smoker and Cree painter in Saskatchewan named Elinor Greystone searches for the child taken from her at birth with the help of her daughter and granddaughter in Tears in the Grass (Dundurn 2016), a first novel by Lynda A. Archer of Gabriola Island.

After more than thirty years as a clinical psychologist Archer has treated children, youth and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, as well as intellectual and learning disabilities. Much of her inspiration for writing comes from her patients and the desire to give a voice to those who have been traumatized and silenced through familial, social or political injustices.

Archer holds an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University in Kentucky. She has had numerous short stories published in The Dalhousie Review, The Wascana Review, and The New Quarterly.


Tears in the Grass (Dundurn 2016) 9781459732117

[BCBW 2016] "Fiction" "First Nations"