Synopsis: —a Toronto novel set between Yorkville and High Park, and spanning from 1967-2117.
Stone Woman is a saga of Blossom’s unconventional family of five women, whose lives are bound by a Vietnam War draft dodger David, immersed in the Yorkville subculture of the hippie daze of Toronto. During the 1967 Art Symposium in High Park, a large block of marble intended for a sculpture disappears from its site, and the mystery of the theft becomes the focus of speculation in the Toronto arts community. The novel draws the reader into a web of liaisons—David’s love affair with Blossom’s mother Liza, his covert dealings with her friend Anna, as well as the mysterious Helena. The intrigue culminates in the convergence of their loves and tragedies, and quests for social and cultural change inherent in the tumultuous milieu of the period. The story is brought to the present through the lives of the women’s daughters who discover that their family secrets have been sculpted—literally—into an art form that imparts a sense of homecoming and alludes to a more hopeful future.
Endorsements used for the back cover:
“Bianca Lakoseljac has woven a complex and accomplished tapestry of a novel that contains many elements: it is a glorious visit to the late sixties, when Leonard Cohen and others played the Riverboat Cafe on Yorkville Avenue and the anti-war movement raged in its northern expression; it is a love letter to west end Toronto and the spirit of creativity in High Park; finally it is a mystery involving the complicated love among two generations of strong women who must learn to accept their triumphs and their tragedies.” Antanas Sileika, author of Buying on Time and Under Ground, and Director of the Humber School for Writers.”Bianca Lakoseljac’s Stone Woman is a
“Bianca Lakoseljac’s Stone Woman is a magically-written, enthralling tale which juxtaposes the destruction of war through generations with the spirit of creativity during 1967’s “the summer of love.” There is so much beautiful writing in this novel it truly is a pleasure to read.” Paul Butler, author of NaGeira and Hero.