Harriet Richards

Harriet Richards’ creative reality was as a visual artist until an obstinate painting insisted on becoming a short story. She has since published three books of fiction: The Lavender Child was nominated for the Fiction Award and won First Book Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 1998; Waiting for the Piano Tuner to Die was nominated for Book of the Year in 2003; and, The Pious Robber in 2012 was winner of the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction. Her fiction has been featured on CBC Radio, and published in literary journals in Canada and Wales. She lives in Saskatoon.






230 pages/trade paper

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The Lavender Child

ISBN: 978-1-895449-72-3


A year in the lives, dreams and awakenings of the Protheroe family. Baby Dion is brain-damaged at birth, yet he is a sweet and powerful influence on his parents, his five sisters and his grandparents. Under his spell, the reader travels through the minds of three generations: a group of wonderfully individual people who nevertheless define family in a wholly original and exciting way.

This novel provides an intimate connection to the study of family values and responsibilities. Senior students will be riveted.

The Lavender Child reminds me of the best of Anne Tyler and Barbara Kingsolver, confident, witty, tender and smart . . "An auspicious debut, sassy, clear-eyed and beautifully told.” – Sandra Birdsell

  • Winner of the 1998 Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book


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