S.J. Laidlaw, first-time author of An Infidel in Paradise, has been awarded the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. The $5,000 prize was announced at the time of the 114th National Annual Meeting of IODE Canada on May 30, 2014. This is the 30th anniversary of this award made available to Canadian authors.
The book tells the story of sixteen year-old Emma who is no stranger to moving. The daughter of a Canadian diplomat, her life has been a series of changing landscapes, cultures and friendships. But when her parents split up and she and her siblings are forced to move to Pakistan with her mother, her feelings of loss and culture shock are overwhelming. Add to that rising political tensions and her attraction to a local boy who has been promised to someone else, Emma’s life very quickly spirals out of control putting herself and those she loves in mortal danger.
Susan Laidlaw has twenty years’ experience as a teacher and counselor in schools and clinical settings around the world. She has published articles on parenting and has led workshops for parents and professional educators on a diverse range of topics related to raising and working with third culture children.
An Infidel in Paradise, published by Tundra Books, “is a very well written evocation of both a tormented teen and the exotic setting she finds herself” (Quill and Quire) and is sure to be enjoyed by teens and adults alike.
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