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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > September 2017 > God’s spells

God’s spells

In her debut novel, Eliza Robertson provides a sure-footed take on the coming-of-age story


* Demi-Gods

Eliza Robertson

Hamish Hamilton Canada

IT’S A RITE of passage for young novelists to tackle rites of passage: the sun-dappled, backward-glancing, coming-of-age fable is as regimented and routinized as any lean-boned crime thriller or bulky, mock-Victorian doorstop. There is currently no shortage of such books, and there won’t be so long as the form retains its basic, elemental appeal, which is to chart the journey from innocence to experience in diverting, tactile detail.

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