Anika Rider, exclusive artist to the chronically bored excessively wealthy. Who, by sheer grit, has determinedly clawed her way up despite her no-account humble beginnings, her tyrannical drunken father, and the abject poverty of her childhood. Anika, who has always done what she had to do. Who has scoured the street grime from her hair, and is now nudging at the cusp of international fame. Anika, who’s been found with her throat slit just weeks before what was to be her breakthrough exhibition.
Jorja would die for Anika; in fact, she almost has. But while she yearns for Anika, she has Claude. Claude, whose canvases hang in only the most prestigious galleries, and who intends to make Jorja his very well-kept wife. A wife who writes a little on the side while taking care of his many needs. He’s spelled out exactly what he wants from her, along with what he is prepared to give. Freedom — well, that is, with just one teeny catch.
Zoë. Impossibly young, agonizingly beautiful, desperate to escape her small-town provincial life. Zoë, who boards a bus in a small prairie town, leaving behind her married lover and his pregnant wife, her dead mother’s house, and all her memories, travelling to the coast. Where there is rain. Where there are possibilities. Where she will tumble right into Jorja’s waiting arms.
“Smart fiction about obsessive love, and sex without intimacy. The writing is thoroughly modern, and the prose is dark and thorny. D’anna’s characters are well drawn and the action reads like a microphone is hidden under the covers.” ~ Sue Robins, Winnipeg Free Press
“A collision between sexuality, obsession, art, and pain, veering in tone from the gently sensual to the brutally painful.” ~ Quill and Quire
Lullaby for Ginger is published in print as Belly Fruit by New Star Books. It is now available as a digital ebook, published by SisterPress, and it can be purchased exclusively from the author here.