Wait Softly Brother
May 9, 2023
300 PAGES | ISBN 978-1-989496-66-4
**Read about how Kathryn sorted fiction from autobiography in this letter from the author.**
From lost siblings to the horrors of war to tales of selkie wives, Wait Softly Brother is filled with questions about memory, reality and the truths hidden in family lore.
After twenty years of looping frustrations Kathryn walks out of her marriage and washes up in her childhood home determined to write her way to a new life. There she is put to work by her aging parents sorting generations of memories and mementos as biblical rains fall steadily and the house is slowly cut off from the rest of the world. Lured away from the story she is determined to write – that of her stillborn brother, Wulf – by her mother’s gift of crumbling letters, Kathryn instead begins to piece together the strange tale of an earlier ancestor, Russell Boyt, who fought as a substitute soldier in the American Civil War. As the water rises, and more truths come to the surface, the two stories begin to mingle in unexpected and beautiful ways. In this elegantly written novel Kuitenbrouwer deftly unravels the stories we are told to believe by society and shows the reader how to weave new tales of hope and possibility.
What We're Reading: Staff Writers' Picks, Spring 2023 (Hamilton Review of Books, 06/03/2023)
Kathryn's book makes this great roundup.
86 works of Canadian fiction to read in the first half of 2023 (CBC Books, 09/02/2023)
Kathryn's book is included on this wonderful list.
Most Anticipated: Our 2023 Spring Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 20/01/2023)
Dan's anthology is included on this list of books you're going to love during the first half of 2023.
2023 Lookahead: 31 books I can’t wait to read this winter and spring (Deborah Dundas, the Toronto Star, 01/06/2023)
Kathryn's novel makes this great list.