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

BooksCreative Non-FictionNewsPublishing

BOOK DEAL: Kelly’s Memoir sold to McClelland & Stewart

What a day! I was lucky to share the news of my memoir selling to McClelland & Stewart, my dream publisher, all revealed on International …

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Kelly in Carte Blanche with Short Story “Widow”

I’m so excited to see my short story, “Widow,” appear in the latest issue of Carte Blanche, one of my favourite literary magazines! This story …

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Kelly’s Article in MacLean’s

I’m honoured to have my essay about my sister appear in the March issue of Maclean’s, as part of their Before You Go series. The …

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Kelly’s Article in Maisonneuve, Battle Fatigue

I’m so excited to see that my article, “Battle Fatigue,” appears in the Winter issue of Maisonneuve Magazine, a literary magazine based out of Montreal. …

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Cover Reveal: Waiting, An Anthology

It’s been a long time in the works, but I’m excited to see the cover revealed for Waiting; An Anthology of essays, to be published …

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Kelly Appears on The Morning Show on Global

Everyday Heroes: Inspirational Stories of Men and Women in the Canadian Armed Forces Recently, I was lucky to visit The Morning Show on Global with …

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