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West of Wawa am Kindle Escaping marital and professional heartbreak Benny takes a one woman trip across Canada meeting plenty of unique and interesting characters along the way Benny may be streetw

West of Wawa am Kindle Escaping marital and professional heartbreak, Benny takes a one-woman trip across Canada, meeting plenty of unique and interesting characters along the way. Benny may be streetwise but even the smartest of cookies can find themselves in trouble - particularly if 'trouble' comes in the form of a handsome bad boy. One of the many things that I love about Lisa de Nikolits' novels are that her characters always feel like friends to me. I loved backpacking across the country with Benny! A very enjoyable and inspirational book about taking chances and living outside the box. . Fiction Emotionally battered and bruised, 29 year old Australian immigrant Benny is looking for escape, not redemption Escape from herself and the dismal failures of her life her first solo art exhibition is panned by critics and her husband left her for an Andy Warhol look alike Isolated from her family, her career as an abstract artist in ruins, she comes to Canada aFiction Emotionally battered and bruised, 29 year old Australian immigrant Benny is looking for escape, not redemption Escape from herself and the dismal failures of her life her first solo art exhibition is panned by critics and her husband left her for an Andy Warhol look alike Isolated from her family, her career as an abstract artist in ruins, she comes to Canada and finds solace working eighteen hours a day as a graphic designer in a disreputable agency Numbing her pain with hard work, she self medicates with prescription meds, and becomes involved in a series of increasingly dubious relationships with ill suited unreliable men who lead her into danger Cutting all ties, Benny leaves her job and sets off on a road trip adventure across Canada, hoping she will discover who she wants to be and where she wants to be it This coming of age novel is narrated with wry humor and filled with a cast of engaging characters A tale of sexual adventure and feminist learning, Benny looks for escape but emerges a heroine instead with mistakes, epiphanies and friendships helping forge her a home and a sense of identity in the true North.. Bestseller Book West of Wawa Loved the character and the struggles that she went through. Her path was a lovely discovery filled with such varied people and places.
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About Author

  • Lisa de Nikolits Post author

    Lisa de Nikolits is the author seven novels 7 No Fury Like That, a murder mystery with excellent reviews by Metroland Media and high profile international crime writers 6 The Nearly Girl has just been released to rave reviews by magazines, literary journals and readers 5 Between The Cracks She Fell was released in August of 2015 and received excellent reviews in magazines as well as literary journals It won the Bronze IPPY Award for Popular Fiction.4 The Witchdoctor s Bones which launched in Spring 2014 to acclaim from Canadian Living magazine and many popular reader and literary reviews 3 A Glittering Chaos which was released in Spring 2013 and which tied to win the IPPY Silver Medal for Popular Fiction 2014 2 West of Wawa winner of the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction and a Chatelaine s Editor s Pick 1 The Hungry Mirror winner of 2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal for Women s Issues Fiction and long listed for a ReLit Award Lisa is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, the Sisters in Crime Toronto Chapter , the International Thriller Writers and the Mesdames of Mayhem who have a new anthology which was released in September 13 O Clock She also has other short stories and is active on many social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wattpad, Scriggler, Pinterest and she has a website lisadenikolitswriter Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen since 2003 She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has lived in the U.S.A Australia and Britain.

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  • Escaping marital and professional heartbreak, Benny takes a one woman trip across Canada, meeting plenty of unique and interesting characters along the way Benny may be streetwise but even the smartest of cookies can find themselves in trouble particularly if trouble comes in the form of a handsome bad boy One of the many things that I love about Lisa de Nikolits novels are that her characters always feel like friends to me I loved backpacking across the country with Benny A very enjoyable and i [...]



  • Benny is getting close to her 30th birthday and needs to decide what to do with her life Before she can make such a momentous decision, she makes a rather impetuous one and decides to take a road trip across Canada Think less jet set lifestyle, jumbo jets and the high life and Greyhound buses, junk food and chai lattes However, there s to this trip than champagne and roses this is a chance for Benny to find herself and, hopefully, find her future.I loved Benny as a character She is utterly fla [...]


  • I got this in a package bundle with The Witchdoctor s Bones through First Reads It was actually a bit of a surprise, since I d only been expecting one book I will say this though, I much perfered the other story to this one, although, looking back, they re quite similar in some ways I suppose I ll leave that for other readers to decide though it could just be me.In terms of the quantity of characters, I can definitely say I enjoyed this smaller case infinitely than the last book I read by de Ni [...]


  • I can t quite concur with the book cover s promise of A funny, moving journey towards self realization but it was definitely a fun read for me.The book follows Benny, a 29 year old Australian women, as she arrives in Toronto and then decides to travel across Canada She is at a crossroads in her life and needs to find out what she wants to do with her future, a future that was once full of promise of love and artistic success and now seems rather uncertain if not disappointing to her.While Lisa d [...]


  • Lisa de Nikolits takes us on an unforgettable road trip in her second novel, West of Wawa Fueled by bitterness and anger, 29 year old Benny leaves her home in Sydney, Australia, and heads across the world to Canada She s hell bent on escape She leaves a failed art career, a broken marriage and everyone she knows In St John s, Nfld she hauls her backpack filled with codeine, Valium and Southern Comfort onto a Greyhound bus and sets out into the great Canadian unknown De Nikolits has a way with wo [...]


  • My review West of Wawa was an interesting read It was well written, I truly enjoyed the writing style and the language what was used for storytelling West of Wawa is definitely worth of reading, especially if you like road novels Regarding the plot The novel is so much than just a road trip You meet Benny, a woman is very close to getting 30 years old and the book takes you to Benny s trip to finding out who she really is After an unsuccessful relationship Australian woman called Benny decides [...]


  • West of Wawa follows Benny, a young woman on the brink of turning 30, who s suddenly found herself floundering A series of catastrophic events relating to her career and home life rock her to the core of who she is, and so she leaves Sydney, Australia and heads to Canada There she begins a cross country journey, mostly to hide from her past, her family, and herself But eventually, she begins to seek again and through her myriad adventures, finds her way out of the ashes of her old life to begin [...]


  • Since Lisa sent me this book to review, I am hesitant to say anything bad about it,but I thought the story was going to be different, somehow I was under the impression that this novel was about a woman s journey across Canada to find herself and that the subject matter would be deeper, so to speak Instead, this is straight up Chick Lit not that there is anything wrong with that , but I found it as a male difficult to read This is not a misogynist statement I would have found it so even if the p [...]


  • Ever wanted to travel across Canada That s what Benny decides will rid her of the ghosts in her life Benny is 29, Australian with a failed marriage and art career and some bad habits she s picked up along the way Follow Benny from province to province and hostel to hostel as she tries to come to terms with her life See what she discovers both east and West of Wawa Recommended by Dianna, Four Fathers Memorial Library, Amherst


  • Not only a geographical journey but also a personal one This book engages, excites and thrills all at the same time Lisa manages to create a well rounded character in Benny, with flaws that are real perceived Her journey will stay with you long after you turn the last page I highly recommend this book.


  • This was a book I picked up at the Ontario Library Association Conference I should have left it there It meandered on and on The story unfolds during a run away bus trip across Canada A woman is fleeing a failed art show and a bad marriage In her escape she is heavily into drugs, overwork and bad men.








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