Emily Dickinson is as famous for being a recluse as she is for her poetry. In this stunning novel, we see her struggling to reconcile spirit and flesh, preferring letters and reflecting that the only way to have books and life is to live through one’s own writing. Dominique Fortier brings Dickinson vividly to life, as if reanimating a flower that had been pressed in a book, through her reflections on language and what it feels like to be home.
'An exquisite fictional imagining of Dickinson’s life'- Sue Carter, The Star
'In Paper Houses, anecdotes from the lauded American poet’s childhood and adult life are expanded into a chronological series of vignettes featuring truly Dickinsonian details'- Carly Vandergriendt, Quill & Quire
‘Its language is luminous, precise; its structure, ambitious. ’- Le Devoir