As students at the University of British Colombia, Sylvia and Lydie met a year ago when the younger woman agreed to be Lydie's tutor. Lydie's warmth and irrepressible charm have worked their way past all of Sylvia's boundaries. Struggling with guilt and loss after a terrible event in her childhood, Sylvia finds in Lydie a compassion and joy for life that is irresistable.
Sarah Felix Burns was born and raised near Sault Ste. Marie in northern Ontario and now resides in Colorado. She was inspired to create the character of Lydie after meeting a Tlingit woman from the Yukon while studying at UBS in the 1990s. Sarah's first novel Jackfish, The Vanishing Village is the winner of the 2009 Northern Lit Award.