Nothing but Life - Dundurn

Nothing but Life

Published February 2021


White Pine Award 2022 — Shortlisted

During a sweltering summer, Dills must come to terms with a horrific crime and the parent he loves who committed it.

Dills and his mom have returned to Hamilton, her hometown, hoping to leave the horrors of Windsor behind. But it’s impossible to escape the echoes of tragedy, and trouble always follows trouble.

When Dills hurts a new classmate, it comes out in court that he was in the Windsor High library when the shooter came in. But he won’t talk about what he saw, what he still sees whenever he closes his eyes. He can’t. He definitely can’t tell anyone that the Windsor Shooter is his stepfather, Jesse, that Jesse can speak into his mind from hundreds of kilometres away, and that Dills still loves him even though he committed an unspeakable crime.



Brent van Staalduinen

Brent van Staalduinen is the author of the novels Saints, Unexpected and Boy, which won the Kerry Schooley Book Award. His novel for young adults, Nothing But Life, is nominated for the White Pine Award. He is the winner of the Bristol Short Story Prize, Fiddlehead’s Best Short Fiction Award, and the Lush Triumphant Literary Award. Brent lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Book Details

February 2021
5x8 in
304 pp
February 2021
304 pp
February 2021
304 pp