Author(s): Sarah Selecky
A sharply funny and heartfelt novel about female friendship--and about how, in our online lives, the line between personal empowerment and consumerism is increasingly blurred.
Lilian Quick has looked up to her cousin Florence her whole life. Florence is everything Lilian is not: brave, adventurous, American. They've been out of touch for twenty years--but Lilian, forty, single and struggling as a pet portraitist in Toronto, has been watching Florence, who has become internet-famous as Eleven Novak, the face of a feminine-lifestyle empowerment brand.
When Eleven comes to town on a sales tour, she welcomes her long-lost cousin with open arms. Lilian quickly enrols in the Ascendency, Eleven's expensive signature course in spiritual awakening and marketing, and heads to The Temple in Manhattan. Eleven is going to help Lilian build her brand and be her best self: confident, affluent, self-actualised.
In just three months, Lilian's life changes drastically and becomes everything she's dreamed of. But is it everything she wants? And can she really trust Eleven?
Sarah Selecky's short-story collection, This Cake Is for the Party, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Sarah lives in Ontario and is the creator of a popular writing school.
'In Radiant Shimmering Light, @SarahSeleckyWS nails the Perfect-Yourself 35-43 gen in all of its hopeful internet-brand-conscious pyramid-scheming empowering goddessiness. Social satire + cultural insight whipped into a yummy froth! You'll laugh + shed a tiny precious tear, my petals!' @MargaretAtwood
'Our online world provides endless humorous possibility and here is a book that's witty, timely, and smart with regard to social media. But then, quite wonderfully, Selecky's story turns more complicated than it first appeared. Bursting with energy and color, every page delights and provokes. This book is a dazzler.' Karen Joy Fowler
'Sarah Selecky could easily be the next Alice Munro.' Chatelaine
'The human desire to belong is at the heart of Sarah Selecky's radiant, shimmering novel. In the person of Lilian Quick, Selecky has created an irresistible heroine. She has once again proven that she is a writer perfectly attuned to the music of the present moment.' Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister
'Radiant Shimmering Lightis inventive and modern. Sarah Selecky delivers a cast of characters who are both recognizable and utterly unique in this novel that is as luminous as its title.' Marissa Stapley, author of Things To Do When It's Raining
'Fresh and original, Sarah Selecky's novel cleverly satirizes our insta-world but also takes its characters seriously enough to give them an ending that's moving and transcendent.' Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes