Sally Cooper is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Love Object (2002) and 2008’s Tell Everything, which NOW Magazine heralded as “a tremendous accomplishment from a writer with a gift for complex character development, agonizing suspense and the occasional lyrical gem of a sentence.”
Sally’s short stories have appeared in Event, Grain, Hamilton Arts & Letters, McGill Street Magazine, The Nashwaak Review, and Shift. Ripple is her first collection.
Sally left Inglewood, Ontario, where she was raised, to study English at the University of Guelph, earning both her B.A. and M.A. She teaches at Humber College, and now resides in Hamilton, Ontario, with her partner and two daughters.
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“…Pauline shares a murder fixation with Ramona’s fiancé, James, who likes to role-play serial killers…”
It is the summer of 1985. Seventeen-year-old Pauline has just moved from northern Ontario to the Westwoods subdivision when she first meets Ramona, who looks like she just walked out of a ZZ Top video. Their friendship is intense and immediate, and they spend their time writing and acting out plays. To complicate matters, Pauline shares a murder fixation with Ramona’s fiancé, James, who likes to role-play serial killers. As plans for her wedding advance, Ramona insists on involving Pauline in her games with James. Before long, their activities reach a climax that severs Pauline and Ramona’s relationship.
A few years later, Ramona is accused of murdering her husband. Police find Pauline living in a stable, if bland, domesticity with intern Alex Shore. She gives them a statement and ends up testify for the Crown at Ramona Hawkes’ murder trial. As her story goes public, Pauline struggles to understand her feelings for Ramona and the extent to which she consented to their sexual activities.
Tell Everything is a complex, innovative novel about characters so deeply involved in their macabre fixations that they need to live them out. Trial transcripts, tabloid columns and other alternative perspectives balance and challenge Pauline’s growing sense that she is not a victim; that submission and individual power may be contained in the same act.
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Praise for Tell Everything:
“Tell Everything is a tremendous accomplishment from a writer with a gift for complex character development, agonizing suspense and the occasional lyrical gem of a sentence.”
-- NOW Magazine, June 4, 2008, Vol. 27, No. 40
“Sally Cooper’s second novel, Tell Everything, is compelling….lyrical, intimate and horrifying. Cooper peels back layers in search of the real lives and motivations behind the media maelstrom of a sensational trial….By plunging deep into a difficult subject, Cooper takes a bold approach that allows her to craft a story that is both sensitive and insightful.”
-- The Globe and Mail, February 23, 2008
“Tell Everything is not just a novel about a young woman facing her past but how unquenchable, obsessive acts from the past force themselves into the reality of the here and now. Cooper…has written a commanding and tender work that is both challenging and satisfying.”
-- The Hamilton Spectator, January 26, 2008