Alison Pick

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Toronto poet and novelist Alison Pick’s story of real life - the undeniable fates of the dead, and the hard-won hope of the living - illuminates her powerful memoir, Between Gods.
— The Toronto Star

Alison Pick grew up in small-town Southern Ontario. As an adolescent she discovered that her father’s family was Jewish.  The story of Pick’s family’s hidden Judaism was the inspiration for her best-selling 2010 novel Far to go, which was published internationally, nominated for the Man Booker Prize, and which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award. The discovery also formed the groundwork for her memoir Between Gods, which deals with the intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma, and with Pick’s eventual, joyful reclaiming of her lost heritage. 

Despite all this exploration of her Judaism, Alison had never been to Israel. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship that involved six weeks of time in this most fascinating and beautiful place. The novel that came out of this trip, Strangers with the Same Dream, takes a hard look at idealism versus reality, and the very challenging ways that our daily lives can fall short of our dreams and aspirations. It is also an intensely feminist novel that explores motherhood as one of the most political issues of all.

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Works by Alison Pick

Stranger with the Same Dream
Between Gods