North of Here


Donna & Raymond Phillips would be the first to admit their 25-year marriage is far from perfect. But it works despite its challenges, or at least it did until the seemingly random murder of their son, Jason. This senseless act, committed on a frigid November night, in a farmer's field just miles from their home, changes everything. Donna follows a winding path to peace, and turns to friends and the community for help. Ray, on the other hand, takes a bare-knuckled approach to life after Jason, and believes he'll solve his problems one punch or elbow at a time. North of here is a quietly suspenseful, darkly humorous story of marriage, grief, joy and hope for the future. North of Here captures the plight of one family while deftly touching us all.


"... these people are as real as it gets within the conventions of fiction...a strong read that sticks in your memory."

- Hamilton Spectator

" ...vivid, thoughtful and entertaining..."

- Guelph Mercury

" ...Alexander's steady hand uses riveting prose to draw us on [with] these two deeply-realized characters...who carry us from despair to hope."

- Front & Centre Magazine

"...genuine and compelling...yet another excellent novel from a writer I greatly admire."

- Ron Rash, author of The Cove and Serena

"...masterful...real, breathable characters with authentic feelings and emotions...a truly fine novel..."

- Matthew F. Jones, author of A Single Shot and Deepwater

" ...a tale of pity and revenge, an admixture rumbling with the pathos of loss and bottled rage and the redemptive grace of enduring love."

- Dennis Bolen, author of Toy Gun and Anticipated Results

"...a sincere story of loss and survival. North of Here is engrossing, humane and muscular fiction at its best."

- Matthew Firth, author of Suburban Pornography and Can You Take Me There, Now?
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