With honesty, love, and humour, in this moving memoir, Kelly S. Thompson explores her relationship with her older sister, Meghan. Tested by addiction, abuse, and illness, the sisters’ relationship crumbles, only to be rebuilt into an everlasting bond.

“Heroic and unforgettable.” Lindsay Wong, Writer’s Trust Award-Winning Memoirist

Kelly S. Thompson

Writer, Editor, Educator

Kelly S. Thompson is an award-winning writer of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She is author of national bestselling memoir, Girls Need Not Apply, which the Globe and Mail listed as one of the top 100 books of 2019. She has been long listed for the CBC nonfiction prize and is an MFA mentor at University of King’s College Creative Nonfiction program. 


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Professional reviews

Quill & Quire

She certainly knows how to set a scene: her dialogue is authentic and she is adept at deploying telling detail. . . . The author creates a feeling of immediacy and often uncomfortable intimacy.

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Hamilton Arts & Letters

The point is that Thompson has chops, and shows the same care and skill with her prose that she does with her service weapon. This debut is important, timely, and indeed beautiful.

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My latest blog posts


Essay by Kelly Thompson to be published with Heritage House Press

Kelly’s essay, “We are (a Military) Family,” has been accepted into the Embedded on the Homefront anthology, to be published by Heritage House Press in …

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Pie Magazine, Issue 6 out now!

Issue 6 of Pie Magazine, which I have been lucky enough to be a part of, is now out in all Chapters Indigo stores, W …

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Kelly Thompson hired as Copy Editor of Pie Magazine

Kelly has been hired as the Copy Editor of Pie Magazine, a magazine that showcases affordable luxury and is based out of Barrie, ON. The …

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Keystone Text writes for Yogaflavoredlife.com

Keystone Text has just been hired as one of the new writers for Yogaflavoredlife.com, a site dedicated to all things related to yoga, wellness and …

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Article for YorkU Magazine

The fantastic editor for YorkU magazine, asked that I write the article “Back Talk”, which appears on the last page of every issue, and is …

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