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by Elizabeth Ruth


ISBN: 9781770867130 

Format: Trade Paperback w/ Flaps
Size: 5.5" x 8.5"


FIC019000 FICTION / Literary

FIC016000 FICTION / Humorous / General

FIC045000 FICTION / Family Life / General

Price: $24.95


Publication Date: September 16, 2023

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Hearts may freeze or thaw, but love never dies.


In December 2013, an ice storm buries Toronto as realtor Laura Keys prepares to sell a one-of-a-kind house on behalf of its comatose owner. Haunting Laura, and longing to be invited in, is a mysterious teenage girl with a Scottish terrier tucked into her coat.


As Laura readies the house for showing, she learns more about its owner, Edna “Eddie” Ferguson. Leading up to the Great Snowstorm of 1944, Eddie, a brickmaker, enters into a passionate yet ill-fated affair with her boss’s daughter. While uncovering the past, Laura navigates both the death of her mother and a troubled marriage straining under the weight of her infertility.


Across two paralyzing winter storms, set nearly seventy years apart and connected by a house and a murder, Semi-Detached contends with living after loss, love, and the meaning of home.


Insightful and evocative, emotionally intelligent and propulsive, this is a novel from a writer at the top of her game.


“Part love story, part ghost story, part murder mystery — Elizabeth Ruth’s Semi-Detached is all heart. Fiercely compelling and beautifully nuanced. A modern novel for the ages. Just brilliant.”

— Helen Humphreys, author of The Lost Garden and Leaving Earth

Semi-Detached will cast a spell over you. Elizabeth Ruth has crafted a beautiful and tender tale of the shelters we all need to house our love and our yearning. Sheer magic and a joy to read.”

— Lynne Kutsukake, author of The Translation of Love

Semi-Detached is elegantly constructed and often beautifully written.”

Quill & Quire

“If you’re looking for a novel that reads like an old-fashioned love story, but that also features some decidedly modern elements (including the fact that this is a dual-timeline queer romance), this will definitely be your kind of book.”

— Ann Douglas, The Honest Talk

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