Zoe Whittall’s Bottle Rocket Hearts comprises a journey through the unforgiving territory of the heart. Eve is a young woman in search of love and perfection, on the hunt for another heart like her own. She comes from a home that “smells like oregano and brewed coffee and vanilla candles,” but she is determined to tear through the curtain of what she regards as fake suburban security. Desperate to escape her parents’ narrow world, Eve falls in love with an older woman, Della, who is both seductive and steadfastly unfaithful. Against a backdrop of biker bombs and the Quebec referendum of 1995, eighteen-year-old Eve tries to figure out who she is and what she wants. (from Amazon.ca)
Bottle Rocket Hearts was named one of the top 100 books of 2007 in the Globe and Mail and top 15 books in Quill & Quire magazine.
Zoe Whittall attended Concordia University in Montreal, and received her MFA from the University of Guelph. Her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts (2007) won The Writer’s Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie grant and her novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible (2009), won a Lambda Literary award, was shortlisted for the Relit award, and was an American Library Association’s Stonewall Honor Book. Zoe has also published three collections of poetry, and works as a freelance TV writer and journalist.