If Clara (Paperback)

By Martha Baillie

Coach House Books, 9781552453568, 160pp.

Publication Date: September 26, 2017



Praise for The Search for Heinrich Schlogel

"Martha Baillie has written a timeless masterpiece. Every page is full of haunting wonderment. Truly, I know of no novel quite like it--it's a blessing. The Search for Heinrich Schlogel has dreamlike locutions, it tells the most unusual tale, and it brings the margins of the world to us with photographic immediacy." --Howard Norman, author of Next Life Might Be Kinder

In If Clara, nobody stands on firm ground. Daisy, a writer confined to her home, her leg in a cast from hip to ankle, receives a parcel containing the manuscript of a novel about a Syrian refugee and is asked to pose as its writer. Julia, the curator at the Kleinzahler Gallery, has no idea that her sister, Clara, has written a novel. However, she does know that Clara suffers from a debilitating mental illness, is unpredictable, and lapses easily into hostility. Maurice's life is changed by an art installation involving a pair of binoculars welded to the wall through which visitors are invited to observe passersby outside. An ultralight aircraft's collision with a quiet lawn brings them all together. If Clara explores the emotional weight of friendship, the complexity of family, and people inextricably entwined.

Martha Baillie's most recent novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlogel (Tin House), received wide acclaim and was an O Magazine editors' pick. She was lives in Toronto.

About the Author

Martha Baillie's most recent novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlogel, was published by Tin House Books in the US. It was an Oprah editors' pick, and received a boxed and starred review in Publishers Weekly. It will come out in France with Actes Sud in Spring 2017. Her previous novel, The Incident Report (available as an ebook from Tin House), was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Martha's poetry has been featured in the Iowa Review and her creative-nonfiction has been published in Brick magazine. She has written about visual art for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Koffler Gallery. Her work has been translated into German, Hungarian, and French. Martha has appeared at festivals across Canada, at Adelaide Writers' Week, in Australia, and at Arctic Encounters, in Roskilde, Denmark. She lives in Toronto.