Harriet Alida Lye
Someone once said, “a rich life experience is what makes a good writer great.” As it may not be true for many, it’s certainly the case for Harriet Alida Lye. Just at 15 years old, Harriet was diagnosed with a form of Leukaemia called Natural Killer that the average survival time of patients is fifty- eight days. Another chilling fact: Harriet is the only known survivor.
Years later after living in many cities in the world, Harriet is finally settled in Toronto with her partner, their son and two dogs. She currently lives in a “hipster mansion” as she refers to in her memoir Natural Killer. Before this book, Harriet debuted her misty and unsettling novel The Honey Farm, which was praised by a numerous of major publications- The New York Times called it “a buzzworthy debut”. Her work has also been published in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Happy Reader and many more.
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Photography: Vai Yu Law
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“I want this to be a book, not about cancer, not even about motherhood, but about becoming. Unless we are dead, we are in the state of becoming, and even then, perhaps, becoming is another way of saying surrendering.” - Harriet Alida Lye