The Berry Pickers

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6.4 X 9.0 X 1.2 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

AMANDA PETERS is a writer of Mi'kmaq and settler ancestry. Her work has appeared in the Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Dalhousie Review and Filling Station Magazine. She is the winner of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Unpublished Prose and a participant in the 2021 Writers' Trust Rising Stars program. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Amanda Peters has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. She lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, with her fur babies, Holly and Pook.


2023 Barnes & Noble Discover Prize Winner
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence

A Sarah Selects Book Club Pick
An Amazon Best Book of the Month

Zibby Mag
, A Most Anticipated Book of the Fall

"A stunning debut about love, race, brutality and the balm of forgiveness." --People, A Best New Book

"A harrowing tale of Indigenous family separation . . . [Peters] excels in writing characters for whom we can't help rooting . . . With The Berry Pickers, Peters takes on the monumental task of giving witness to people who suffered through racist attempts of erasure like her Mi'kmaw ancestors. 'White folks been trying to take the Indian out of us for centuries, ' a character tells Norma. 'But now that you know, you gotta let people know.' Peters is letting people know." --Eric Nguyen, The New York Times Book Review

"Debut novelist Peters explores the lengths we go to for love, the cancerous impact of lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family. For fans of Celeste Ng and Ann Patchett, this quietly beautiful book will break, then mend, your heart." --Sarah Gelman, Amazon

"An un-put-down-able novel of identity, forgiveness, and insistent hope." --The Christian Science Monitor

"Peters skillfully manages to hold the reader's attention from the first page to the last . . . The Berry Pickers isn't a mystery, it's a truth telling by characters you can reach out and touch--characters whose misfortunes, regrets, feelings, and redemption most readers will relate to." --Diane Lechleitner, New York Journal of Books

"A sensitive and devastating saga of families broken, children stolen, and fierce reckonings with the traumas of history . . . [Its] emotional climax will leave most readers with at least a tear in the eye." --Molly Odintz, CrimeReads

"Peters beautifully explores loss, grief, hope, and the invisible tether that keeps families intact even when they are ripped apart. A poignant debut from a writer to watch." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Peters' debut combines narrative skill and a poignant story for a wonderful novel to which many readers will gravitate . . . Indigenous stories like this matter." --Booklist

"Enthralling . . . Powerfully rendered . . . [A] cogent and heartfelt look at the ineffable pull of family ties." --Publishers Weekly

"One family's secret is the source of another family's pain in this poignant debut that reads like a modern literary classic. Moving, heartbreaking, and hopeful, The Berry Pickers is a powerful tale of haunting regret, bonds that will never be broken, and unrelenting love. Amanda Peters's skilled storytelling evokes all the sensations of summer in Maine, singing around a fire, and the horror that takes hold when a child goes missing." --Nick Medina, author of Sisters of the Lost Nation

"With every sense engaged, and in a lyrical tribute to her father's stories, Amanda Peters manages to take you home to the east coast in the very best ways--through family love and personal grief and the precious accounting of minutes and memories. You cannot help but love these characters from the first chapter, they stay with you long after the last page." --Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves

"A marvelous debut. The Berry Pickers has all the passion of a first book but also the finely developed skill of a well-practiced storyteller. I can't believe Amanda Peters is just getting started. She writes like someone who has been doing this a long time, and no doubt she has, only now we get to share in the creativity of her amazing mind. She's going to be the next big thing. I am placing my bets now. The Berry Pickers is a triumph." --Katherena Vermette, author of The Strangers

"The thing about picking a handful of berries is that each one is different--some are sweet, some sour, some extra juicy. The Berry Pickers is just like a handful of berries. It's an unassuming novel filled with so much sweet, so much sour, so much juice. Reading this book, I was only ever hungry when it ended." --Morgan Talty, author of Night of the Living Rez

"The Berry Pickers is an intimately written tale of the destruction wreaked on a family when their youngest child is stolen. Peters brilliantly crafts a multi-layered tale of how one irrational act creates irrevocable harm that ripples through multiple lives, including, ironically, the lives of the perpetrators. Peters's smooth prose combined with exceptionally drawn descriptions allows the reader to share the sensory experiences of the characters, making this a fluid and emotional read that is both plainly and beautifully rendered. On a meta level, the book eloquently speaks to the deep loss and existential searching that Indigenous children who were scooped and placed in non-indigenous homes are haunted by throughout their lives. An amazing read from an amazing new voice." --Michelle Good, author of Five Little Indians