Susie Taylor's coming-of-age novel "Dispelling the Myths" has earned her the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award -- and more money than she says she's earned in years.
Taylor was named winner of the award for emerging writers during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon at Government House in St. John’s.
Calling the novel funny, witty and engaging, the jury was full of praise for Taylor’s ability to bring high school back to life through her protagonist, Daisy.
“Daisy’s journey through high school brings it all back with uncomfortable vividness: the profound social unease, the unpredictability of teen friendships, the unsettling sense of never really knowing who you are, the baffling unreasonableness of adult behaviour. That vividness could almost be unpleasant, only it’s not,” the jury wrote.
Taylor was born in England and grew up in Ontario before moving to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002 and settling in Harbour Grace.
For her winning manuscript, she was presented with a cheque for $5,000, a credit for $1,000 in professional editing services and an engraved miniature replica of “Man Nailed to a Fish” by sculptor Jim Maunder.
Runners-up Sharon Bala, for her novel “The Boat People,” and Eva Crocker, for her short story collection “Barrelling Forward and Other Stories,” each took home $1,000.
The biennial Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Fresh Fish Award, co-presented by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, is given to a resident of the province who has never been published in book form.