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by Wiebke von Carolsfeld
  • debut
  • inspirational
  • literary
  • women-s

How to survive the unthinkable?

This is the question nine-year-old Tom has to face after witnessing his father kill his mother and then turn the gun on himself. After the horrific event, Tom refuses to speak. At first, he moves in with his childless Aunt Sonya, but she is ill equipped to deal with the traumatized boy. Before long, Tom is forced to move again, this time to downtown Toronto, where he shares a rundown house with his mercurial Aunt Rose and his reckless yet endearing Uncle Will.

Claremont is a gripping story of survival. As the seasons change, Tom’s silence becomes a powerful presence, allowing this fractured family to hear one another for the first time.


Wiebke von Carolsfeld, author

German-born and raised, Wiebke von Carolsfeld is a feature filmmaker based in Montreal; she has both Canadian and German Citizenship.  Her critically acclaimed debut feature, Marion Bridge (starring Molly Parker and introducing Ellen Page) won many awards including Best First Feature at TIFF and Sudbury, inclusion in Canada’s Top Ten and a nomination for Best Direction from the DGC. Claremont is her first novel.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Linda Leith Publishing



rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 270

publication date: 09/09/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book