Lisa de Nikolits 
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Welcome to the world of neo-noir writer, Lisa de Nikolits

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Lisa de Nikolits sets readers on a rollercoaster ride of clever twists and unexpected turns. The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution is a lot of fun and filled with believable, yet zany characters. It bounces between the viewpoints of Lyndon and Margaux, a retired couple whose marriage speeds steadily downhill after Lyndon decides to call it quits and runs off. It’s the ultimate story of marriage meltdown told in a style all Lisa’s own, and this one should be on everybody’s must-read list." —Dietrich Kalteis, author of Zero Avenue        

Love-ly books to stoke your Valentine's heart  “I am not a killer. I just fell in love with the wrong man.” That’s Leonie, a brilliant beauty-products chemist, petty thief and married mom who falls hard for the charismatic JayRay, who has a doomed plan to get rich quick. They’re the peaches rotting in the summer sun (an Elton John reference). The other woman in this crazy romp is Bernice, half-sibling to JayRay and a successful South African self-help author with her own desperate romantic entanglement. This is the Toronto writer’s eighth novel.” —The Toronto Star    

Imagine if characters from The Devil Wears Prada got trapped in Sartre's play No Exit, where "hell is other people." No Fury Like That uses the lens of female souls stuck in purgatory to examine loss, love, rage, angst, and what there really is to live for. Funny, melancholy, philosophical, and raunchy, it's a wild ride and a gutsy novel.
— John Oughton,
Death by Triangulation
 
A playful tome that explores an afterlife that isn't surrounded by the pearly gates but ripe with second chances." —Hello! Canada

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Winner, IPPY Bronze Medal for Contemporary Fiction
A lyrical and deeply moving examination of emotional pain and faith on a collision course with organized religion. Highly believable and human characters are outsiders struggling to find meaning, and perhaps hope, in contemporary urban society. With a deft and confident clarity of style, she explores the complex interplay of faith, crime and social isolation. Highly recommended. 
—M. H. Callway, Windigo Fire

Fascinating South African lore comes to life. De Nikolits gives us more than an intriguing mystery - a look at the dark side of the human soul and the healing power of love."  —D.J. McIntosh,
The Witch of Babylon,
The Book of Stolen Tales
and The Angel of Eden.
By planting her characters in the untamed landscape of the South African wilderness, de Nikolits has stripped away the niceties of polite society. You’re drawn in. A journey that seethes with peril.”
—Canadian Living Magazine    

Lisa de Nikolits' novel reads like a movie. It's fast-paced and filled with colourful, loud characters, but Amelia is certainly the stand-out. Her fascination with the unusually beautiful fuels her need to prove that she, like her father, required an unorthodox way of living to truly be happy. The Nearly Girl is brimming with bright story lines and vivid themes. The story becomes a commentary on life through the artist's mind and the impermanence of happiness. —This Magazine      

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2014 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction
A Glittering Chaos is
dazzling. Nikolits keeps her readers on their toes in this page-turner. Sex, love, loyalty, madness, a mysterious disappearance, unlikely friends, hints of incest - it's all there!
—Carrianne Leung, author
of That Time I Loved You
and The Wondrous Woo.    

2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction
"West of Wawa is a funny, moving exploration of a surprising journey towards self-realization — and
Benny, its pill-popping,
wise-cracking heroine, is a treat. De Nikolits's book will ring true for anyone who has ever had even a moment of self doubt."
—Chatelaine Magazine
    

2011 IPPY Gold Medal for Women's Fiction
In this intelligent, sensitive and candid portrayal of 'the land of thin', shows us how the commodification of the female body in the market culture can become a pernicious force, imprisoning young women in a terrifying cycle of self-negation."
—Edeet Ravel, Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth