Fiction. Finalist, Giller Prize. Winner of 2 Saskatchewan Book Awards (Best First Book; City of Saskatoon Book Award). Finalist, Saskatchewan Book Award (Book of the Year). Winner, Canadian Authors' Association-BookTV Emerging Writer Award. Finalist, Amazon/ Books in Canada First Novel Award. Globe and Mail Top 5 First Fiction. Kate Sutherland's "Top Ten Books of 2006".Rowan Friesen has made a career of drug dealing and small-time thievery. He lives a loner's life on the outer reaches of Saskatoon, selling crystal meth to highschoolers and hawking his pilfered loot on the net. Shiftless and seemingly friendless, he is, at first glance, an unlikely and unlikable protagonist. But as STOLEN unfolds, we learn the details on Rowan's life: his well-meaning but self-absorbed mother, his mentally ill father and a high school friendship both lustful and incendiary. This intriguing back-story runs alongside a present-day murder mystery, complete with road trips, arson, alchohol and drugs, tech nerds and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Rowan Friesen may not be the world's most likable character, but the complexity and honesty of his story is thrilling. STOLEN's lean, tight narrative tells a tale of theft, love, and madness on the Canadian prairie, and moves along like a half-ton pickup bouncing over dirt roads.
"Lapointe constructs the familiar world, the one inside each of us, in the lives of strangers. It's what fiction does best."—The Globe and Mail
"It moves with the force of what's right and true and must not be elided."—Giller Prize Jury
"One of the many achievements of STOLEN is that it offers readers of Canadian literature [a] depiction of a Saskatchewan in transition from a predominantly rural agrarian society to an urban one dominated by global capitalism … This Saskatchewan might be fallen, but its residents persevere. Moreover, STOLEN proposes that the province was never as pristine as it might have appeared. Lapointe's novel, in its innovative, contemporary depiction of the province, heralds a brave new age of prairie writing. For this it should be celebrated."—Canadian Literature
Annette Lapointe was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on the coldest day of 1978, which might explain her ongoing affinity for the prairies. She lived in rural Saskatchewan, Quebec City, St John's, Winnipeg, Seoul and Jinju in South Korea, before migrating to Grande Prairie, AB, where it's cold most of the time but the wildlife comes right up to the door and asks to come in. Her first novel, STOLEN (Anvil Press, 2006), was nominated for a Giller Prize and was the Winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards (First Book Award and Saskatoon Book Award). A Finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, as well as being cited as a Globe & Mail Top 5 First Fiction choice, STOLEN also garnered Lapointe a Canadian Authors Association-BookTV Emerging Writer award. Her second novel, WHITETAIL SHOOTING GALLERY (Anvil Press, 2012), was a finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year. She is also the author of ...AND THIS IS THE CURE (Anvil Press, 2021) and YOU ARE NOT NEEDED NOW (Anvil Press, 2017). Lapointe completed her PhD in Contemporary Literature in 2010. She currently teaches at Grande Prairie Regional College.
Author City: Grande Prairie, AB CAN