The Sunburst Award Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The winner of the 2019 Sunburst Award for Adult Fiction is Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano Lax.
The Sunburst Jury commented:
Plum Rains by Andromeda Romano Lax is a masterpiece, a story set in a future Japan so deftly drawn that it makes its world seem inevitable. The main characters' lives and relationships are steeped in, and grow from, a past which is both historical and personal, built on a century of colonialism and exploitation: social, sexual, and economic. Woven into the novel is a unique exploration of an Artificial Intelligence story, incorporating both fast-forward developmental psychology and an analysis of the facets of empathy. This brilliant, character-driven novel examines individual reactions to threats to survival and autonomy. In the process, it challenges notions of insularity, suggesting that loyalty comes primarily from personal connection rather than group association. The interrogation of the notions of Outsider/Insider, connection, belonging, and compassion drive a story that is all too relevant to our present-day world.
The other shortlisted works for the 2019 Adult Award were:
Amber Dawn, Sodom Road Exit [Arsenal Pulp Press]
Kate Heartfield, Armed in Her Fashion [ChizinePublications]
Rich Larson, Annex [Orbit/Hachette Book Group]
Eden Robinson, Trickster Drift [Penguin Random House Canada]