In THIS IS AGATHA FALLING, Heather Nolan’s characters move through smoky downtown St. John’s bars dragging behind them longing, trauma, illness, confusion, addiction. Fragmented memory is her unreliable narrator, a conceit that amply demonstrates how the past continually interrupts the present. Her work is confident and innovative, and tackles familiar though important themes with fresh acumen. A short but mighty debut, THIS IS AGATHA FALLING is Joel Thomas Hynes meets Anais Nin, the smoky dispossession of after-hours bars where lost artists go to lick their wounds.
Heather Nolan weaves past and present, memory and action into an elegant tapestry that cleverly conceals its full picture until the very end. This is a confident and lyrical debut penned by an author of uncommon talent. —Sharon Bala
Heather Nolan is a writer, musician, and photographer who lives St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her most recent work can be found in Viator, Newfoundland Quarterly, WORD Magazine, and The Paragon. Nolan was long listed for the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize. Her work explores connections between landscape, place, and identity.