Alligator is Lisa Moore's much-anticipated first novel. Her first two books of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, received glowing praise. Open was nominated for several awards including the Winterset Award and the Giller Prize, and was a national bestseller.
Lisa Moore's insight and skill give us a window into the lives of a variety of captivating characters: Madeleine, the aging artist, a gifted filmmaker who still believes she has one more great work in her; Frank, a determined young man who cannot seem to avoid danger; Valentin, new to the country, whose aggressive instincts complicate all his relationships; Beverly, a strong woman worn down by grief, who struggles to continue to love in spite of great loss; and Colleen, the toughened seventeen-year-old whose complexities are further highlighted by her fascination with alligators and the places they thrive.
Alligator is a remarkable book, a story that examines the ruthlessly reptilian and the painfully human sides of all of us. Lisa Moore's astonishing talent is as visible in her prose as in the relationships she brings to life on the page, which Maclean's has called "needle-to-the-eye sharp," and in her characters themselves, which the Edmonton Journal dubbed "unforgettable."