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"Very affecting…[Francis's] prose kept reminding me of Alice Munro." – National Post

Natural Order, my second novel, was published by Doubleday Canada. The hardcover came out in 2011 and the paperback was released in 2012.

The book tells the story of a senior woman named Joyce Sparks coming to terms with the death of her adult son. It’s about the mistakes we make in the name of love and the second chances that sometimes shine a light in our darkest moments.

The novel came about because I wanted to capture a character in the final years of life. What would she think looking back on her past? What did she think of her life now? What were the things she’d do differently? Out of that curiosity, Joyce Sparks was born.

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Shortlisted for the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award

A Kobo Top Book of the Year

A Toronto Star and Georgia Straight Best Book of the Year

Reviews

"Achingly real." – Toronto Star

“Heartfelt and finely told.”– Georgia Straight

“Skillfully drawn.” – Fashion Magazine

“Illuminating and moving.” – Quill & Quire

"Good, sharp, vivid writing." – Globe & Mail

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