News and Reviews for The Strength of Bone


 “Wilk aptly captures the bleakness of medical crises in Africa … [her] prose never entirely relinquishes its rational edge, and so many of the tensions which move the story remain necessarily unresolved. This is a book honest in its brutality, though brightened by hopeful sparks.” – ForeWord


“Absorbing and finely crafted … Wilk enthralls the reader in smooth and unsparing prose as her starry-eyed protagonist learns the hard way that sometimes acceptance is the only way forward.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune


“Masterfully literary” – The National Post


The Strength of Bone as featured on First Fiction Fridays by the Literary Press Group of Canada:

“Readers of Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone) or Aminatta Forna (The Memory of Love) will find The Strength of Bone one of the few African medical novels to present a voice at once rigorously observed, emotionally immediate, and deeply compassionate.”


The Strength of Bone is one of Amazon’s Editor’s Picks Top 100 Books of 2013!


“If you suppose what follows is a love story across political and racial lines, you’re underestimating the inventiveness and grace of Lucie Wilk’s meditative debut. Wilk eschews traditional tropes, especially the romantic, and instead works with what is unspoken, hinted at, and left to the imagination … anything but typical.” – Kamal Al-Solaylee, Quill & Quire


“Wilk illuminates the differences between Malawian culture and that of the West while capturing both the feverdream beauty and desperation of the country…Readers who enjoyed Abraham Verghese’s ‘Cutting for Stone’ may want to give this book a try.” – Library Journal


“Deeply felt but never sentimental, thoughtful but not preachy, Lucie Wilk’s first novel, The Strength of Bone, delivers strong characters involved in a page-turning plot. Imagery drawn from African and Canadian settings, and also from the world of medicine, enriches the novel throughout. A memorable story.” – Cynthia Flood, 49th Shelf


“A lyrical debut novel.” – CultMontreal