When an impulsive mother leaves the family to study crop circles in the English countryside, her half-Asian, precocious daughter Grace, nicknamed Gray, must make sense of an unusual mother-daughter bond in the debut novel of Calgary-born Corinna Chong of Kelowna, Belinda's Rings (NeWest 19.95). More inclined towards marine biology than maternity, Gray copes with her mother's mid-life crisis by learning to keep house for her peculiar brother Squid and their rapidly-ailing stepfather-a story that percolates with humour and kindness. 978-1-927063-27-0

Chong teaches English Literature at Okanagan College and edits Ryga: A Journal of Provocations.

[BCBW 2013]