Canadian author LAURIE PETROU chats to Paul Burke about her new novel STARGAZER, Toxic Friendships, the limits of art and canoes.
STARGAZER Diana Martin has lived her life in the shadow of her sadistic older brother. She quietly watches the family next door, enthralled by celebrity fashion designer Marianne Taylor and her feted daughter, Aurelle.
She wishes she were a 'Taylor girl'.
By the summer of 1995, the two girls are at university together, bonded by a mutual desire to escape their wealthy families and personal tragedies and forge new identities.
They are closer than lovers, intoxicated by their own bond, falling into the hedonistic seduction of the woods and the water at a remote university that is more summer camp than campus.
But when burgeoning artist Diana has a chance at fame, cracks start to appear in their friendship. To what lengths is Diana willing to go to secure her own stardom?
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'A stunning literary thriller - beautifully written with realistic yet incredibly flawed characters. A fascinating study of friendship, family, grief and ambition all woven together. Loved it'
- Catherine Cooper, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalet
LAURIE PETROU is an award-winning author, and Associate Professor at the RTA School of Media at Toronto Metropolitan University. She lives in Niagara with her family. Stargazer is her fourth book.
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Paul Burke writes for Crime Time, Crime Fiction Lover and the European Literature Network.