Radiant Shimmering Light

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6.3 X 1.4 X 9.3 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author
Sarah Selecky's debut story collection, This Cake Is for the Party, was a finalist for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in the Walrus, the New Quarterly, and the Journey Prize Anthology, among many others. She lives near Toronto.

"When struggling pet portraitist Lillian Quick gets sucked into a pyramid scheme run by her cousin, a wellness and social media-marketing guru, she undergoes a dramatic transformation. Selecky's vivid, smartly satirical tale will make you feel like you've fallen into an exquisite painting, a women's empowerment cult and a midlife crisis all at once." --People Magazine

"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

"[A] cheeky satire that deftly pokes fun at self-help culture . . . You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll cringe at how much of your social-media-obsessed self you recognize in these pages." - Marie Claire

"In Radiant Shimmering Light, [Sarah Selecky] 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!" --Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

"Selecky bucks expectations in her satirical portrait . . . [She] finds plenty to make fun of in this ridiculous-yet frighteningly familiar-world." --Entertainment Weekly

"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, author of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES

"[A] hilarious book that pokes much-needed fun at the world of #blessed empowerment events." --New York Post

"If you need a belly laugh, add Radiant Shimmering Light to the top of your reading list. This hilarious satirical novel is about a single 40-year-old woman trying to build her brand as an animal aura portrait artist (lol) and her newly internet-famous cousin who supposedly has all the answers. Prepare for a lot of giggling and a lot of cringing." --Hello Giggles

"[A] darkly hilarious satire . . . This novel delivers an unforgettable take on authenticity, success, and storytelling in today's digital age." --Bustle

"Selecky's sharp parody explores female friendship and questions the role of consumerism in women's empowerment and self-improvement trends." --Real Simple

"An Insta-famous motivational guru recruits her cousin to a creepy training program." --Cosmopolitan

"Lillian Quick is an unsuccessful pet portrait artist. Her cousin Eleven Novak is a self-help guru with a Manhattan center called "the Temple" that may be nothing more than a pyramid scheme. The collision of these two women leads to plenty of delicious New Age satire." - Newsday

"At once a satire of wellness bloggers, Instagram influencers, and self-care capitalism, and a heartfelt look at the things we do to cure loneliness and feel empowered." - Electric Lit

"A killer satire . . . [and] a funny, tender, gimlet-eyed dive into the cult of self-improvement." --Kirkus Reviews

"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

"[A] page-turning debut . . . The author explores the power and distraction of social media, the paths to creativity, and how intense devotion to a cause can either consume one's identity or allow one to flourish, resulting in a searing look at mass market-oriented transformation." --Publishers Weekly