Thirteen Shells

Told in the tradition of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and WomenThirteen Shells is a novel-in-stories about a young girl coming of age in the 1980s.

El Niño

Inspired by J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, El Niño tracks the survival of one woman and a young, undocumented migrant as they journey through the no-man’s-land of a remote southwestern desert.

Orphan Love

Winter is giving way to spring in Black Dew Seat, a rugged outpost buried in the backwoods of northern Ontario. The year is 1989, and Bozak is on the run, fleeing a buried body and an unthinkable betrayal.


Nadia Bozak writes straight to the heart of girlhood, where secrets are both awkward and empowering, as childhood’s magic gives way to the discomfort of adolescence and a young woman comes into her own. Thirteen Shells is a beautifully written book.
Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days

El Niño is a blazing novel about desperation and courage, survival and death, borders and barriers of all sorts and what it takes to break through. Nadia Bozak’s characters are fierce, brave, and haunting. Stylistically brazen and wildly suspenseful, this novel charges and snaps, sinks its teeth in, and doesn’t let go.
Lisa Moore, author of Caught

[Nadia Bozak is] masterful when it comes to language, churning out brilliant turns of phrase worth revisiting… Thirteen Shells quietly captures each painful gasp of growing up: the anxiety and shame, along with the treasures found along the way.
National Post


Orphan Love by Nadia Bozak
El Niño by Nadia Bozak
Thirteen Shells by Nadia Bozak

About Nadia Bozak

Nadia Bozak is the author of the novels Orphan Love and El Niño, the first two parts of her Border Trilogy. She also writes short stories. Most recently, stories from a collection that follows thirteen years in the life of a girl named Shell have appeared or are forthcoming in Walrus, Joyland, and Prairie Fire.

She is currently working on the third novel in the trilogy, english.motion, which is a timely retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.