Advanced praise for HOW FAR WE GO AND HOW FAST, the debut YA novel by Nora Decter (available from Orca Book Publishers on September 25, 2018):

"A tender story about the love found in an imperfect, working-class family."

Kirkus Reviews - June 13, 2018


"Like a truly great song, this book will stay with you long after it's over. A powerful novel about loss and redemption, How Far We Go and How Fast is as real as it gets. And as sad. And, somehow, as funny. Lyrical and subtle, witty and wise, Nora Decter is an exciting new voice in YA literature."

—Patricia McCormick, author of the critically acclaimed Never Fall Down and co-author of I am Malala


“Watching Jo gradually learn how to deal with her grief, to go from depressed and isolated to realizing that change is possible, is one of the many joys of Nora Decter's debut novel. Funny, smart, and endlessly empathetic, How Far We Go and How Fast has all the energy of your very first mosh pit. I wish I'd had this book as a teen.”

—Alicia Elliott, RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award winner


“Nora Decter brings Winnipeg alive. How Far We Go and How Fast sings a love song to the city so full of ache and pain you know Decter understands the place intrinsically. This book has a timeless quality that feels shockingly familiar. A must read for anyone who wants to remember the bite and excitement of coming of age.”

—Falen Johnson, writer, director and co-host of The Secret Life of Canada podcast