“Now and then a writer comes along who reawakens my lust for great, passionate, unadorned storytelling. Indra Ramayan is that writer. Mud Lilies is a beautifully executed, street-smart emotional tour-de force that is destined to seduce generations of readers.” – Joel Thomas Hynes, Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author of We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night


“Harrowing, hopeful, and informed by Ramayan’s own experiences as a runaway to Edmonton, Mud Lilies is a hymn to the power of one young woman’s defiant spark of life, a story of grit and wisdom set against a backdrop of cruelty and indifference.”  Grace O’Connell, Open Book


“The world needs Chanie Nyrider! This novel took me to the depths of frustration and despair, and then Chanie dug us back out again. Mud Lilies is a tremendously moving debut with a riveting story that makes me believe in the possibility of redemption and recovery even from the worst traumas. I want to give this book to every girl who has ever struggled. Mud Lilies is a must read for those who have found themselves in a such a dark place that they believed there was no way out. Indra Ramayan fills me with hope.” – Angie Abdou, author of This One Wild Life and In Case I Go


“Indra Ramayan’s novel, Mud Lilies, begins with an image of a puppet dancing for the devil. Chanie Nyrider, one of the most compelling characters I’ve read in long while, is that dancer. She is tough, and infuriating, delightful, and utterly human. And her voice is undeniably beautiful. I was drawn in and fell in love with this character. Mud Lilies is a gorgeous, layered journey of reclamation – a gritty story about salvation and the persistence of love. Love is an unexpected thing in Chanie’s life as she believes she does not deserve it, is unworthy of it – and yet, it arrives from unlikely places. Kindness surprises her. Unrequired kindness threatens to break her. And we love her for this. We root for Chanie. We root for all the Chanie Nyriders in the world. Indra Ramayan is a fantastic writer. I look forward to seeing this book in print, and I can hardly wait for her next book.” – Thomas Trofimuk award-winning author of The 52nd Poem and Doubting Yourself to the Bone