PRAISE FOR MUD LILIES:
“Now and then a writer comes along who reawakens my lust for great, passionate, unadorned storytelling. Indra Ramayan is that writer. is a beautifully executed, street-smart emotional tour-de force that is destined to seduce generations of readers.” – Joel Thomas Hynes, Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author of
“The world needs Chanie Nyrider! This novel took me to the depths of frustration and despair, and then Chanie dug us back out again. is a tremendously moving debut with a riveting story that makes me believe in the possibility of redemption and recovery even from the worst traumas. I want to give this book to every girl who has ever struggled. is a must read for those who have found themselves in a such a dark place that they believed there was no way out. Indra Ramayan fills me with hope.” – Angie Abdou, author of and
2.“Indra Ramayan’s novel, , begins with an image of a puppet dancing for the devil. Chanie Nyrider, one of the most compelling characters I’ve read in long while, is that dancer. She is tough, and infuriating, delightful, and utterly human. And her voice is undeniably beautiful. I was drawn in and fell in love with this character. is a gorgeous, layered journey of reclamation – a gritty story about salvation and the persistence of love. Love is an unexpected thing in Chanie’s life as she believes she does not deserve it, is unworthy of it – and yet, it arrives from unlikely places. Kindness surprises her. Unrequired kindness threatens to break her. And we love her for this. We root for Chanie. We root for all the Chanie Nyriders in the world. Indra Ramayan is a fantastic writer. I look forward to seeing this book in print, and I can hardly wait for her next book.” – Thomas Trofimuk award-winning author of and
ABOUT MUD LILIES:
MUD LILIES tells the story of Chanie Nyrider, a very young girl who runs away from home and finds herself taken in by a replacement mother figure who quickly turns out to have ulterior motives for befriending Chanie.
Before long, she is working as a high-end prostitute on the streets of Edmonton, and, after being violated by a john, she finds herself in jail for trashing a motel room when the perpetrator is nowhere to be found.
Given the choice between jail time and a high school program for troubled youth, she reluctantly chooses the latter. But much to her surprise, she finds her voice in the program, begins making actual friends, and blossoms, slowly leaving behind the dark vestiges of her old life and learning she deserves a more hopeful future.This gorgeous debut is, in many ways, a tribute not only to the women Ramayan met while driving her taxi, but also to the author’s younger self, from the strong, confident woman she became.
unforgettable, unsinkable Chanie Nyrider.