Unlit Spaces

Unlit Spaces, Caroline Shepard’s eagerly awaited first novel, was officially launched in Ottawa on September 25.

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Unlit Spaces is the haunting story of Cailey Donald, a young woman who flees her rural Manitoba home in the wake of lingering childhood trauma. As Cailey matures, she finds herself in a variety of challenging situations, from working as a domestic in a wealthy Winnipeg home, to studying fine arts at a Montreal university. As she begins to establish herself in the Montreal art community, her life is at once inspired and inhibited by the hidden childhood trauma that resurfaces with ever increasing urgency. It is ultimately through her art, and in the company of those closest to her, that Cailey at last allows the paralyzing event to emerge from the shadows.

Unlit Spaces is a dramatic and often moving love story that weaves themes of culture, art and social justice through the intersecting lives of a vibrantly entertaining cast of characters.

A first manuscript version of Unlit Spaces was long-listed for the Robertson Davies Chapters First Novel Award.

In 2016 Unlit Spaces was nominated in the fiction category, for the Whistler Independent Book Awards