The Strength of Bone

“A gorgeous debut.”—Joseph Boyden, author of Through Black Spruce and The Orenda.


“In supple, beautiful prose, Lucie Wilk recounts a doctor’s struggle with technology and faith, and with the mysteries of death and love … The Strength of Bone is an extraordinary look at the clash of worlds.”—Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean and The Sweet Girl.


Henry Bryce has come to Blantyre to exhaust the guilt he feels over his daughter’s death, but he can’t adjust to the hopelessness that surrounds him. He relies increasingly upon Sister Iris’s steady presence. Yet it’s not until an accident brings them both to a village outpost that Henry realizes the personal sacrifices Iris has made for her medical training, or that Iris in turn comes to fathom the depth of Henry’s grief.


The Strength of Bone is the story of a North American doctor, a Malawian nurse, and the crises that push both of them to the brink of collapse. With deftly interwoven narratives and a pathological eye for detail, novelist and medical doctor Lucie Wilk brings to life the ambition, the self-destructiveness, and the ultimate resiliency inherent in African relief workers—and shows, in a place where knowledge can frustrate as often as it heals, that true strength requires the flexibility to let go.


Now available in Canada, and due for release on the 15th of October in the US by Biblioasis.

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