THE DEATH OF DONNA WHALEN
In her home on Empire Avenue, Donna Whalen was stabbed 31 times. Her friends, family, and neighbours believed it was her abusive boyfriend, Sheldon Troke. But the evidence is all circumstantial, providing a daunting challenge for police and prosecutors—and the course of justice takes many unpredictable twists and turns before the truth is finally revealed.
In this mesmerizing work of documentary fiction, Michael Winter pieces together the transcripts and court testimonies of Sheldon's trial. He preserves the nuanced voice of each witness, and the result is a harsh account of the tragedy that befell Donna Whalen and the controversial aftermath that tore her town apart.
"Winter has produced one of the best documentary accounts of a Canadian crime ever written"
"Extraordinary... Winter has enacted some of the most powerful storytelling of his career"
—The Globe and Mail
"The Death of Donna Whalen weaves its spell in small increments, one character's voice giving way to another's and then another's, an immersion in the low life that pulses with veracity...one of the best documentary accounts of a Canadian crime ever written"
—The Vancouver Sun
Michael Winter is the author of a number of novels, including The Architects Are Here, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Big Why, which was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His previous novel, The Death of Donna Whalen, was nominated for the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He is also the recipient of the Writers’ Trust Notable Author Award.