Decoding Dot Grey

Nicola Davison

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ISBN: 9781774710562

Decoding Dot Grey

  Author:   Nicola Davison    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

A heartfelt YA coming-of-age novel set in an animal shelter from the award-winning author of In the Wake, exploring grief, first love, and growing pains.

Eighteen-year-old Dot Grey doesn’t hate people; she’s just not especially fond of their company. It’s 1997, and she’s just left home in favour of a dank, cold basement, where she lives with several small animals, including a chorus of crickets, a family of sowbugs (they came with the apartment), a hairless rat, and an injured crow.

Her job at the animal shelter is her refuge — so long as she can avoid her father’s phone calls. He’s trying to get Dot to visit her mother, but Dot knows there’s no point. No one ever understood her like her mum, who helped Dot channel her vibrating fingers into Morse code, their own private language. But her bright, artistic mother was terribly injured a year ago and Dot can’t reach her, even with her tapping fingers. Left with only a father who refuses to face the truth, she focuses on saving the little lives at the shelter.

When Joe starts working there, everyone thinks he has a crush on Dot. Dot thinks he’s just awkward and kind. He shows his good heart when they rescue an entire litter of puppies together, and Dot finds herself warming up to him. But Joe waits too long to tell her his deepest secret, and soon she is forced to deal with two losses. In the end, Dot’s weird way of looking at the world is the one thing that will, against the odds, help her connect with it.

With breakneck wordplay and the most motley of crews — human and otherwise ̬ Decoding Dot Grey is a tender and delightful novel from the award-winning author of In the Wake.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781774710562
Item NB1572
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on April 1 2022
Language eng
Pages 288
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight420(g)
Nicola Davison is a professional photographer and the author of In the Wake and Decoding Dot Grey. Her first novel won the 2019 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and was a finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award. Nicola is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia where she completed the Alistair Macleod Mentorship Program; polishing off the umpteenth draft of her first novel with her mentor, Carol Bruneau. Born in Nova Scotia, she has lived in too many places and done just enough world traveling to appreciate home. She lives in Dartmouth with her boat-crazy family and delightfully stubborn Basset Hound. See what Nicola is up to online at