Reviews

Praise for Ellipses

“Andrea MacPherson’s ‘routine’ encapsulates the long life of its subject via succinct and moving image and detail, allowing the narrative and its emotional content to slowly develop in the reader’s mind.” –Rhea Tregebov, Prism International Poetry judge

“‘directions for sleep’ holds the ‘uninterrupted’ of sleep in lovely abeyance…a poem ultimately designed to never arrive at sleep.”  –Tonja Gundvaldsen Klaassen, Grain Poetry judge

Review of Ellipses from The Cascade.  “Inspired by other writers, literary characters, and artwork…MacPherson pieces together a mosaic of different experiences which results in a universal bond connecting women regardless of time, social class, or age.”


 

Praise for Beyond the Blue

“A compelling and important story of First Word War Scotland, a time when women redefined the word hope as the world was losing its innocence. Andrea MacPherson writes beautifully, balancing the lives of her characters between history and the poetry of gesture, secrets and love.”
–Ami McKay, author of The Birth House

“Andrea MacPherson writes with compassion and honesty of women working in the jute factories of Dundee during WWI, who toil beneath ‘the foolish secrets of women.’ This beautiful novel, written in lyrical, strong prose, is a compelling, clear-eyed account of what constitutes hope and bravery, not only in the lives of mill workers, but in any life distorted by false memories and illusory dreams.”
Beth Powning, author of The Hatbox Letters

“MacPherson is also a poet, and her elegant, lyrical wordsmithing gives the book much of its considerable power. She shifts fluidly between these four characters, moving in and out from sharp close-up to sooty landscape, from danger and disappointment to fragile hope.”
Quill & Quire

“MacPherson shepherds her careful creations through the eventful times in which they live. All the while, she pushes them through the hopelessness and, in a way — and in each character’s own way — finally past it. At the end of Beyond the Blue and upon reflection, one discovers that MacPherson’s lyrical metaphors have followed us home. Though we thought all along that the journey she was guiding us on was a historical one, after a while one sees that aspects of this journey aren’t so very different from our own.”
January Magazine

“Sex and death, longing and loss—these are the poles around which MacPherson’s story revolves. Widowed by the First World War, Morag is dying of jute-induced lung disease as her daughters Caro and Wallis plan for futures that never arrive. Meanwhile, Morag must care for her sister’s daughter, orphaned by her mother’s suicide and her father’s wanderlust. Given these cramped circumstances and its generally naturalistic tenor, Beyond the Blue is a surprisingly poetic account of working-class life. A fine memorial, then, to MacPherson’s own Dundee-born mother and grandmother, and to a way of life whose passing is scarcely mourned.”
Georgia Straight

“Beyond the Blue is a thought-provoking novel that illuminates the lives of female characters living within the narrow parameters defined by society in the early 1900s. Readers with an interest in Scottish history and women’s studies will find this book appealing. ”
Winnipeg Free Press

“War, politics, religion, and discrimination by gender and class are all interwoven by MacPherson (When She Was Electric) into an entrancing tale in which the reader experiences the pivotal year of 1918 through these four lives and their loves. At times enchanting, at times gritty, this novel bustles with realism yet still provides many uplifting moments.”
The Historical Novel Society

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Praise for When She Was Electric

“Spare, elegant. . . . [MacPherson’s] assured, sensual debut reveals much about the secrets women keep and the hidden desires that propel us to action and stop us in our tracks.”
Booklist

“A delightful, poetic novel. . . . The language is beautiful and the complicated emotions of three generations of women are delicately portrayed.”
–W.P. Kinsella, Books in Canada

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