Born on a small farm in Metcalfe, Ontario, now resident in Toronto, Kuitenbrouwer sees urban experience through the filter of her rural upbringing. Her first book, Way Up, was a collection of short stories, many of which appeared in such literary periodicals as Smoke, Prism international, Blood & Aphorisms, Prairie Fire and Descant. In addition to her fiction, Kuitenbrouwer has written for The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Post, Books In Canada, Maisonneuve Magazine, Bookninja.com, and The Literary Review of Canada, where she was fiction editor. Her acclaimed first novel, The Nettle Spinner, was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award.
“Usually, this is the part of the review where I find minor fault, something to complain about so it doesn’t seem that I’m raving. Truth be told, there’s no fault to be found in Perfecting
: it’s a powerful story, brilliantly told, and it surprised me from its opening page to its closing words. It’s all I want in a book, and I’m grateful that I didn’t miss it. You shouldn’t, either.”
– Robert Wiersema, The Edmonton Journal