Books: Dorris Heffron

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image-72KFC98PA Shark In The House by Dorris Heffron


Spanning three generations and five decades of changing times and mores, A Shark In The House is a contemporary story of love and ambition, death and survival, and the strangeness that lurks in ordinary lives. Told by Holly Kowalski, a Toronto dentist, it has the authentic style and complex reality of the book within everyone.

Born in Quebec, Dorris Heffron graduated in literature and philosophy from Queen’s University in Canada. While teaching for Oxford University, she wrote three novels acclaimed internationally as pioneers in the genre of young adult fiction. Returning to Canada, she wrote the popular adult novel, A Shark in the House. Her new novel, City Wolves , tells the story of Canada’s first woman veterinarian, the ancient story of how wolves became sled dogs and how they all end up in Klondike gold rush of the 1890s.

Dorris is previous Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada (June 2013-14). She lives at Little Creek Wolf Range, north of Toronto.



“A triumph of characterization… and scope. A history of not only one deeply troubled marriage and its aftermath, but of a generation of women who came of age in the 60s. All the characters have depth and the interplay between them is convincing. Solidly crafted…Wins the reader’s empathy.”   

Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star

“Has a buoyancy that’s infectious… plenty of wry irony… fun and spice. A delicious account of a party at Barry Callaghan’s house. Pleasure in reading loving descriptions of growing up Polish on Roncesvalles Avenue, moving to a big house on Riverside Drive, living in the condos on Harbourfront and drinking at the Bellair Café in Yorkville. Life in Toronto… life in Oxford… have the sparkle of a great smile.”              

John Doyle, The Globe and Mail

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