Pearl Luke

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Pearl Luke reads from her novel, Madam Zee

Published by: HarperCollins Canada

Time of Reading: 4:00
Pearl Luke’s first novel, Burning Ground, won the 2001 Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and was also named a Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year. She wrote her second novel, Madame Zee, based on the true story of Brother, XII, founder of a Utopian colony on Vancouver Island, and his mistress, Mabel Rowbotham (Madame Zee), after being inspired by a television documentary about their extraordinary lives. Pearl Luke has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Calgary and lives on Salt Spring Island, B.C.
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“Pearl Luke’s Madame Zee is a fascinating fictional biography of a deeply unusual woman. Behind Zee’s intelligence lies Luke’s own. She offers us a character who, while falling for the seductions of a cult leader, retains the clarity to observe his manipulations—an adroit and perceptive rendering.”
— Catherine Bush, author of The Rules of Engagement and Claire’s Head
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