Thomas Wolfe famously wrote You Can't Go Home Again, but professor Sidonie Von Taler makes the attempt in After Alice (NeWest $19.95) a first novel by Karen Hofmann. After a career in Montreal, the character retires to her Okanagan hometown, still in the shadow of her late sister Alice. There is unfinished business. Sidonie must both reconcile the past and try to re-connect with people she left behind.

Born in 1961, Hofmann was raised in the Okanagan Valley. She received her BA and MA from University of Victoria. Her first poetry collection is Water Strider (Frontenac House, 2008). She published her first two books while teaching English and Creative Writing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.


Water Strider (Frontenac House, 2008) $15.95 978-1-897181-19-5
After Alice (NeWest 2014) $19.95 9781927063460
What is Going to Happen Next (NeWest 2017) $19.95 978-1-988732-06-0

[BCBW 2017]