A book by a Manitoulin Island native that put out in 2018 by Sudbury publishing house Latitude 46 has won the 2019 Northern Lit Award.
“Watermark” by Jennifer Farquhar is the hauntingly beautiful story of Mina McInnis who, returning to her childhood home on Mikinaak Island after a 20-year absence, unravels the incidents that caused her family’s disintegration, said a press release from Latitude 46.
Mina is determined to uncover the truth about the tragedy from her past, and the presence that dwells in the cold, dark waters of Lake Huron.
“This story was captivating, intriguing and very relatable with regards to life in Northern Ontario,” said Ontario Library Service – North, which presented the award.
“The characters were exceptionally fascinating and the story was well-developed and a true journey through the human condition. Although we loved the ending, we didn’t want the book to end!”
Originally from Manitoulin Island, Farquhar draws on her own childhood island to paint Mikinaak Island into a rich and dynamic world, a love letter to the Northern Ontario that raised her, said the press release.
Farquhar lives in Kitchener, Ont. where she is an elementary school teacher and mother of three young children. Her short stories have won awards in the Manitoulin Expositor and the Toronto Star.