“Amanda Leduc has created an exquisite magical world, perfectly rendered, for her dark and wonderful story about the dream life of outsiders and the disabled. And through it, she has scattered her own collection of fairy tales that rival Grimm and Anderson in their provocative beauty.” —Heather O’Neill 

Amanda’s essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada, the US and the UK. She is the author of the non-fiction book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Spaceand the novel The Miracles of Ordinary Men.  

The Centaur’s Wife, Amanda’s new novel, is a gorgeously written and genre-defying story of difference, love, and loss, woven with fairy tales, catastrophe, and magic. It is a devastating but redemptive look at what happens when we ignore the natural world and the darker parts of our own natures. “Stories are rarely as powerful or as skillfully crafted as The Centaur’s Wife. The novel is as grand a book as you are likely to read this year, a story of impossibilities delivered with a calm, steady confidence. The reader knows from the opening lines they are in the hands of a master storyteller; Leduc never lets them down.” —Quill & Quire 

She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she works as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories. 

Amanda Leduc is supported by Author Patron Quarry Medical Pharmacy.

Website: https://amandaleduc.com/
Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/551899/the-centaurs-wife-by-amanda-leduc/9780735272859

Appearing in:
WS6. Writing Genre-Bending Fiction
19. Fantastic Figures: The Magic in All Bodies