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Satellite Love

A novel by Genki Ferguson.

Genki Ferguson

On the eve of the new millennium, in a city in southern Japan that progress has forgotten, sixteen-year-old Anna Obata looks to the stars for solace. An outcast at school, and left to fend for herself and care for her increasingly senile grandfather at home, Anna copes with her loneliness by searching the night sky for answers. But everything changes the evening the Low Earth Orbit satellite (LEO for short) returns her gaze and sees her as no one else has before.

After Leo is called down to Earth, he embarks on an extraordinary journey to understand his own humanity as well as the fragile mind of the young woman who called him into being. As Anna withdraws further into her own mysterious plans, he will be forced to question the limits of his devotion and the lengths he will go to protect her.

Full of surprising imaginative leaps and yet grounded by a profound understanding of the human heart, Satellite Love is a brilliant and deeply moving meditation on loneliness, faith, and the yearning for meaning and connection. It is an unforgettable story about the indomitable power of the imagination and the mind's ability to heal itself, no matter the cost, no matter the odds. (From McClelland & Stewart)

Genki Ferguson is a writer from Calgary, and the son of acclaimed writer Will Ferguson. Satellite Love is his first book.

Satellite Love is on the Canada Reads 2022 longlist.

Why Genki Ferguson wrote Satellite Love

"I had written a couple of different stories in high school, and one was about a girl who falls in love with a plane. I realized satellites are a bit more romantic as an image than planes and I've always been fascinated with space.

I realized satellites are a bit more romantic as an image than planes and I guess I've always kind of been fascinated with space.

"When it came time to write the book, I took apart all these different stories and combined them. You hear a lot of authors say this, but it is true — it's out of your hands, the characters took on a life of their own."

Read more in his interview with The Next Chapter.

Interviews with Genki Ferguson

On Daybreak, there have been several conversations about the impact of loneliness and isolation on our mental health and loneliness is at the heart of a debut novel from Genki Ferguson, "Satellite Love." It's a simple story, about a girl, a boy, and a satellite. In the end, the book reveals what it can mean to be human. Genki Ferguson joined Russell to chat about his new life as a writer. 12:30
Every few weeks, our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on her favourite new page-turner. This week, she joined Tom Power to tell us about Genki Ferguson's debut novel, Satellite Love. 7:46
Genki Ferguson talks to Shelagh Rogers about his novel, Satellite Love. 13:19

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