Radiant Shimmering Light : A Novel - Sarah Selecky

Radiant Shimmering Light

A Novel

By: Sarah Selecky

Paperback | 20 August 2018

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"Social satire and cultural insight whipped into a yummy froth. You’ll laugh and shed a tiny tear, my petals!" - Margaret Atwood

'This book is a dazzler.' Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

A sharply funny and heartfelt novel about female friendship - and about how, in our online lives, the line between personal empowerment and consumerism is increasingly blurred.

Lilian Quick has looked up to her cousin Florence her whole life. Florence is everything Lilian is not: brave, adventurous, American. They’ve been out of touch for twenty years - but Lilian, forty, single and struggling as a pet portraitist in Toronto, has been watching Florence, who has become internet-famous as Eleven Novak, the face of a feminine-lifestyle empowerment brand.

When Eleven comes to town on a sales tour, she welcomes her long-lost cousin with open arms. Lilian quickly enrols in the Ascendency, Eleven’s expensive signature course in spiritual awakening and marketing, and heads to The Temple in Manhattan. Eleven is going to help Lilian build her brand and be her best self: confident, affluent, self-actualised.

In just three months, Lilian's life changes drastically and becomes everything she's dreamed of. But is it everything she wants? And can she really trust Eleven?
Industry Reviews
`In Radiant Shimmering Light, @SarahSeleckyWS nails the Perfect-Yourself 35-43 gen in all of its hopeful internet-brand-conscious pyramid-scheming empowering goddessiness. Social satire + cultural insight whipped into a yummy froth! You'll laugh + shed a tiny precious tear, my petals!' * @MargaretAtwood *
'Our online world provides endless humorous possibility and here is a book that's witty, timely, and smart with regard to social media. But then, quite wonderfully, Selecky's story turns more complicated than it first appeared. Bursting with energy and color, every page delights and provokes. This book is a dazzler.' * Karen Joy Fowler *
'Sarah Selecky could easily be the next Alice Munro.' * Chatelaine *
'The human desire to belong is at the heart of Sarah Selecky's radiant, shimmering novel. In the person of Lilian Quick, Selecky has created an irresistible heroine. She has once again proven that she is a writer perfectly attuned to the music of the present moment.' * Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister *
'Radiant Shimmering Light is inventive and modern. Sarah Selecky delivers a cast of characters who are both recognizable and utterly unique in this novel that is as luminous as its title.' * Marissa Stapley, author of Things To Do When It's Raining *
'Fresh and original, Sarah Selecky's novel cleverly satirizes our insta-world but also takes its characters seriously enough to give them an ending that's moving and transcendent.' * Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes *
`Selecky has written a satirical and contemporary novel about the enlightenment and life-branding industries...An intriguing novel which will elicit a wide range of responses from readers. I can't think of a more perfect novel for a book club.' * Readings *
`This meditative, funny, groovy, and absolutely beautiful book kept me entranced beginning to end. The intrigue and mystery of self-help movements shimmers throughout the narrative, and our narrator, so full of life, hearkens back to the plucky heroines of Jane Austen, but with a modern wit and vivacity all her own. I loved the rich, meaningful hours I spent with this book.' * Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories *
`A polished and crisp satire...a journey depicted with both humour and sharp reflection.' * Otago Daily Times *
`Selecky's biting, tragicomic first novel is an insider look at the intersection between the sincerity of belief and the commodification of aspiration... [Her] deadpan tone, punchy writing, and vivid characters transport readers to a specific, highly diverting world that hits close to the bone and sparks the self-reflection it's spoofing.' * Booklist *
`Selecky's sharp parody explores female friendship and questions the role of consumerism in women's empowerment and self-improvement trends.' * Real Simple, Best Books of 2018 *
`If you've ever fallen asleep during savasana in yoga class or gotten a headache from your essential-oil mix, Sarah Selecky's hilarious debut novel about self-help gurus and the people who follow them is for you...There's plenty of laughs-but lots of truth, too.' * Washington Post *
`Selecky bucks expectations in her satirical portrait of estranged cousins Lilian, an artist obsessed with social media and finding enlightenment, and Eleven, a guru behind the cultish organization called the Ascendancy...A radically gentle takedown of capitalist spiritualism...[Selecky] still finds plenty to make fun of in this ridiculous - yet frighteningly familiar - world.' * Entertainment Weekly *
`This sharp, smart read is a timely warning to put your devices down now.' * North and South *

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