Ellen and Adam are struggling to determine the future of their relationship. Over the course of one summer, Ellen toils at a trendy urban art gallery, while Adam embarks on a solo canoe trip into the Arctic. While Adam enters the compelling and dangerous wilderness alone, Ellen gains fresh perspective via the lens of a new-found collection of friends. Through alternating points-of-view, we see Adam's and Ellen's impressions of their partnership change, until the end of the novel when their worlds - and changed world-views - suddenly collide.


" This is one well-rendered book. In fact, it's almost perfect." - The Toronto Star

" The Sweet Edge is gorgeous. It's also strange and funny and terribly sexy." - The Globe and Mail

" A seamless marriage of poetic language and engaging dialogue." - The National Post

" Writing with a delightful sense of urgency that is indeed sweet." - Vancouver Sun

" Poetic and insightful." - Atlantic Books Today

" Written beautifully." - The Calgary Herald

" A moving and powerful story." - Quill & Quire

" A wholly enjoyable read that rings (sometimes uncomfortably) true."- NOW Magazine

" Poised, polished, and often deliciously described ...an impressive debut." - London Free Press

" A book that would probably appeal to almost anybody..." - DOSE

"Beautifully written...a literary find." - Owen Sound Sun-Times

Read an excerpt of The Sweet Edge here.

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The Dream World, Alison's second poetry collection, was published by McClelland & Stewart in March 2008.

How is one to speak with the dead? Anyone for tea before night falls? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? With these questions, plucked from the poems of writers she admires, Alison Pick fashion "answers": extraordinary meditations on life and death, love and work, happiness and sorrow. In another remarkable sequence, Pick writes eloquently about her discovery of her Jewish ancestry, and the complex process of reconciliation with her own history.


" There is an unanswered sensuality that undermines the strict dialectic of question and answer...Pick's writing is so compelling that misgivings about overly clever forms quickly pass into simple admiration. These are lovely poems that form a lovely answer to the question: what is good poetry?"
- Quill & Quire (starred review)

"Pick's voice remains clearly her own, consistently so, and remarkable throughout for its calmness and stillness...this is a voice to be reckoned with”
- The Fiddlehead

"Pick is indisputably talented..there's a lot of strong, striking work in Question & Answer"
- The Toronto Star


Poetry Spoken Here