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As her sophomore life begins, Karen enjoys the heady embrace of new friends, ideas and independence.  In love with a frat boy, seduced by the intellect of her spirited feminist friends, the enthusiastic didacticism of campus life soon finds Karen torn between two bitterly polarised camps. Winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Award for fiction, Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word is a brilliant, take-no-prisoners account of rape culture on campus.

Chair: Lucia Osborne-Crowley


Supported by Canada Council


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