Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

...And This Is the Cure

...And This Is the Cure

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…And This Is the Cure follows Allison Winter, public radio pop-culture journalist and former riot grrrrrl as she regains custody of her adolescent daughter, Hanna, following the murder of her ex-husband. She is unprepared to deal with either the demands of parenting or the fury of her ex-husband’s religiously conservative, grieving family, so she pulls up roots and moves Hanna from Winnipeg to Toronto.

Allison’s sweet-natured partner, Eden, struggles to take on the day-to-day parenting while Allison resumes her career and avoids the chaos building at home. Despite all efforts, tensions swell and Hanna’s rage over her disrupted life eventually erupts in episodes of violence.

…And This Is the Cure is a novel about the weight of unresolved baggage — its pain and trauma — and working through the process of healing and moving on.


“Lapointe’s ability to plot such a complex narrative but also imbue so many different elements with thematic resonance is to be commended. This is the kind of novel that pulls the reader forward with an exciting plot, but also rewards a second reading with surprising and intricate insights.

A deftly plotted and executed novel, …And This Is the Cure continues to advance Annette Lapointe’s already impressive literary career.”

  • Publication: December 20, 2020
  • ISBN: 978-1-77214-151-1
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Size: 6 x 9 inches

Annette Lapointe (she/her) lived in rural Saskatchewan, Quebec City, St John’s, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and South Korea before settling in northern Alberta. She now lives in Treaty 8 territory, on the traditional lands of the Beaver people, and teaches English and creative writing at Northwestern Polytechnic.

Her first novel, Stolen (2006), was nominated for a Giller Prize and was the Winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards (First Book Award and Saskatoon Book Award). A Finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, as well as being cited as a Globe & Mail Top 5 First Fiction choice, Stolen also garnered Lapointe a Canadian Authors Association-BookTV Emerging Writer award. She is the author of two other acclaimed novels (Whitetail Shooting Gallery — finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year — and . . . And This is the Cure), and a collection of short stories, You Are Not Needed Now. swim: into the north’s blue eye is her debut poetry collection.

Books by Annette Lapointe