2013 Finalist

Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

for How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?

Jury Citation

“Brimming with restless energy, ‘How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?’ is a sometimes provocative portrait of adolescent angst and rebellion set among a gang of ’dragoons’ growing up in Vancouver. It vividly brings to life a twenty-first-century culture clash and illuminates the struggles, and alienation, of Chinese youth – whether from Hong Kong or the Mainland – now living in ‘Lotus Land.’ Doretta Lau’s story positively hums, the language a well-shaken cocktail of influences ranging from hip-hop and Asian cinema to Chinese history and ‘the slang of the West.’ As vibrant and colourful as graffiti.” — 2013 Journey Prize Jury (Miranda Hill, Miguel Syjuco, and Alison Pick)