Lauren Kirshner is a graduate of the University of Toronto's M.A. program in English in the field of Creative Writing, where she was mentored by Margaret Atwood. Kirshner lives in Toronto, where she is at work on her second novel. For more information, become a fan of Where We Have to Go on Facebook.
"[Where We Have to Go] wins the reader over with a masterful
comic touch and a canny distillation of the painful experience of
growing up different.... Kirshner has created a perceptive and
likeable protagonist in Lucy. Her observations on growing up in a
struggling Jewish family offer moments of laugh-out-loud
hilarity.... Evocative and compelling...."
-- Quill & Quire "An impressive debut from a gifted writer."
-- NOW magazine "Lauren Kirshner creates a first-person narrator you never stop rooting for. . . . [Where We Have to Go] highlights Kirshner as a new novelist to watch. A very strong, original debut."
-- Zoe Whittall, Globe and Mail
"Tenderly and meticulously rendered. . . . This novel is well worth reading. Lucy's voice is smart and strong and clear, and like the young author who created her, it deserves to be heard."
-- Winnipeg Free Press "Canadian authors excel at the precocious female protagonist, and Kirshner's character is a worthy addition to the bunch."
-- Chatelaine "Lucy's circumstances are enough to break your heart, but they'll also make you bust out laughing -- Kirshner's wry humour will see to that."
-- Canadian Living "Kirshner has a lot of talent that occasionally reaches sublime heights, plus her comic timing is spot on. Some of the characters in this novel, such as artistic Erin, are quite unique literary conceptions who are not only compelling but borderline enchanting. "
-- Edmonton Vue Weekly "[Where We Have to Go] is a novel about resilience, the human urge to overcome sorrow, trials and tribulations... Lauren Kirshner has created a world that is believable, touching and a reminder that the journey through life, while not always pleasant, can always get better with time, growth, and understanding."
-- Owen Sound Sun-Times "Combines rich and vivid characters with evocative imagery to tell a compelling tale of adolescence. . . . Kirshner's whole cast of artfully drawn characters maintains consistently compelling voices. . . . Kirshner uniquely captures with levity and humour the familiar (and painful) experiences of growing up different."
-- The Varsity
"Deeply emotionally resonant, Where We Have to Go celebrates the very real triumphs and tribulations of teenage years with understanding and love without letting the characters off the hook for their choices. You'll recognize yourself and those you love while getting to know the brilliantly drawn characters unique to the pages of this book."
-- The Advent Book Blog: Great Books Recommended by Great People "[Lauren Kirshner is] fast emerging as one of Toronto's most talented new authors...."
-- Toronto Star