Cover image for Worry stones / Joanna Lilley.
Worry stones / Joanna Lilley.
Publication Information:
Vancouver, British Columbia : Ronsdale Press, [2018]

Physical Description:
284 pages ; 23 cm
"This novel, set in both the high Canadian Arctic and the Highlands of Scotland follows the story of a young woman who has to rescue her mother from the grip of a religious cult in Scotland and also save her from her fanatical husband. There is a good deal about such religious cults but also about the young woman's work in the Canadian Arctic alongside Inuit artists for her book as an art historian, but also learning about their methods of work to include some of these in her own work as a sculptor."-- Provided by publisher.


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High in the Canadian Arctic, British art historian Jenny pursues her passions: Inuit art and a handsome geologist. But the sudden news that her mother has suffered a stroke reels Jenny back to her old life - the responsible youngest daughter of parents who gave up everything to join a religious cult. In Inverness, Jenny tries to put the jumbled pieces together, while turning to her collection of "worry stones" for comfort. Did her mother escape from the cult? Is her father, a prominent cult leader, threatening to take her back? Can Jenny persuade her sisters to set aside old grievances to save their mother? Amidst the turmoil, Jenny tries to breaks free of the childhood pressures that stifled her creative talents and emerge as an artist in her own right.

Author Notes

Joanna Lilley is the author of the short story collection, The Birthday Books, and the poetry collections, If There Were Roads and The Fleece Era. Worry Stones is her first novel. Originally from the UK, Joanna emigrated to Canada in 2006 and settled in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she makes her home. Find her online at