From the bestselling author of We're All in This Together comes a novel about family, friendship, fame, and the cost of living in the public eye -- because when everyone suddenly knows your name, it's easy to forget who you really are.
"The first time they met, Mags saved Ava's life. The second time they met, Ava saved Mags's." Ava Hart is the most reluctant cast member of a reality TV show based on her big city family's (mostly staged) efforts to run a B&B in small-town Nova Scotia. Every family has its problems, but Ava has grown up seeing her family's every up and down broadcast on national television, after the show becomes an unexpected success for reasons that will take a heavy toll on the Harts.
Mags Kovach is the charismatic lead singer of a struggling Halifax rock band hoping to be the Next Big Thing. For years she's managed to contain her demons and navigate the uglier aspects of being a woman in the music world, but after a devastating loss, she turns her anger on the only person she can: herself.
As their private tragedies continue to set social media and tabloid headlines on fire, their every move subjected to an endless stream of public commentary, it will be their unexpected friendship that will save them. They will push back against the roles they've been forced to play, and take back control of something they thought they'd lost forever -- the right to their own stories.
Amy Jones, author
Amy Jones's first novel, We're All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, and was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. She won the 2006 CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, was a finalist for the 2005 Bronwen Wallace Award, and is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto.
- Jones is a wicked prose stylist. . . . Hugely entertaining . . . "Every Little Piece of Me" makes you think and makes you laugh. Which is sometimes exactly what you need. - Quill & Quire
- Addictive. Jones creates two compelling, complicated female characters in Ava and Mags, and keeps the narrative zipping along with clear, concise prose and a knack for memorable episodes. These clear talents are why I can't wait to see what else she writes. - The Globe and Mail
- "[Jones is] an author with a big heart and equally generous sense of humour. . . . "Every Little Piece of Me" [is] a celebration of women's relationships. - Toronto Star
- Jones's savvy novel has everything you'd want from a summer read. It's a deep dive into the entertainment business, and its account of personal loss has a strong emotional punch. - NOW Magazine
Rights Holder: Cooke International
rights sold: World Dutch (de Fontien)
rights available: World, excl. Dutch (de Fontien)
number of pages: 400
publication date: 06/04/2019
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: complete manuscript