What Remains of Elsie Jane

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Pub Date 28 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 09 Jan 2023
Dundurn Press, Rare Machines

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“A poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, weird, and heartbreaking window into being bereft and being in love… a striking reminder that there can be beauty in devastation.” — EMILY AUSTIN, author of Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

A heartbreaking and darkly funny portrait of a woman unravelling in the wake of tragedy.


Sam is dead, which means that Elsie Jane has just lost the brilliant, sensitive man she planned to grow old with. The early days of grief are a fog of work and single parenting. Too restless to sleep, Elsie pores over Sam’s old love letters, paces her house, and bickers with the ghosts of Sam and her dead parents night after night. As the year unfolds, she develops an obsession with a local murder mystery, attends a series of disastrous internet dates in search of a “replacement soulmate,” and solicits a space-time wizard via Craigslist, convinced he will help her forge a path through the cosmos back to Sam.

Examining the ceaseless labour of motherhood, the stigma of death by drug poisoning, and the allure of magical thinking in the wake of tragedy, What Remains of Elsie Jane is a heart-splitting reminder that grief is born from the depths of love.

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“A poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, weird, and heartbreaking window into being bereft and being in love… a striking reminder that there can be beauty in devastation.” — EMILY AUSTIN, author of ...


Advance Praise

"What Remains of Elsie Jane is an exploration of grief that manages to avoid self-seriousness. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me blush, sometimes it made me do all three on the same page." —EVA JURCZYK, author of The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

"What Remains of Elsie Jane reads like a side-splitting obituary. A poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, weird, and heartbreaking window into being bereft and being in love. This book is a striking reminder that there can be beauty in devastation." —EMILY AUSTIN, author of Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

"To read What Remains of Elsie Jane is to encounter a raw, sometimes angry, and always messy grief. Wakelyn captures a woman falling apart and putting herself back together in the dynamic voice of her complicated protagonist. In her multiverse-curious widowhood, Elsie is unrelentingly hopeful without being cheerful, loving without being good." —LIZ HARMER, author of The Amateurs and Strange Loops

"A remarkably intimate portrait of grief. The narrator’s unique voice is at once relatable and unhinged, the powerful pulls of rage and love on full and magnificent display." —LILLIAN NATTEL, bestselling author of The River Midnight

"What Remains of Elsie Jane is a fearless exploration of the ravages of loss, of the many ways it can shred a person’s dignity and reduce an otherwise loving and whip-smart mother, sister, and friend to an inert lump of sorrow. This is a truly amazing book. In her struggle to survive one of life’s most devastating blows, Elsie Jane observes keenly and uncompromisingly how the oblivious and often silly world moves on without her. Hers is a cautionary tale, one we would all be wise to read closely, for it applies to everyone who loves another and asks us to imagine the unimaginable.” —TERRENCE YOUNG, author of The Island in Winter

"What Remains of Elsie Jane is an exploration of grief that manages to avoid self-seriousness. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me blush, sometimes it made me do all three on the same page." ...


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PAGES 264

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