Born and raised in Montreal, Cordelia Strube trained as an actress, moving to Toronto in the ’80s. She turned to writing plays for stage and radio and in 1987 won the CBC Literary Competition for her play Mortal. She has also won the Toronto Arts Foundation Protege Award and been shortlisted for the Prix Italia, the Books In Canada First Novel Award, the ReLit, and the Governor General’s Award. Her seven previous novels include Milton’s Elements, Dr. Kalbfleisch and the Chicken Restaurant and Planet Reese.
Strube's strobe-light realism does not suffer fools nor spare her readers. Yet Strube is such a polished storyteller, Lemon
's astringent character captivates and charms. This acid-tongued coming-of-age story holds up well.
— The Toronto Star