Genevieve Scott is a Canadian fiction writer. Catch My Drift is her first novel.

Genevieve’s short fiction has been published in literary journals in Canada and the United Kingdom, including the New Quarterly, the White Wall Review, and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, among others. Her debut novel, Catch My Drift, is forthcoming from Goose Lane Editions in spring 2018. She is represented by Stephanie Sinclair at Transatlantic Agency.

Genevieve is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA. She has written short films, including Survival Guide (writer) and Kissing Drew (co-writer), which have screened at film festivals throughout the US, Canada, England, and Ireland. Genevieve is a professor of English and creative writing, as well as a mentor to at-risk teen girls in LA with the nonprofit WriteGirl. Genevieve grew up in Toronto and currently lives in Southern California with her husband and son.


Genevieve Scott’s debut novel, Catch My Drift, is available in bookstores and online across Canada. For US purchases, order online from your local bookstore.


Lorna always wanted to stand out, but her career as a competitive swimmer was cut short by a knee injury. Cara, her daughter, tries hard to blend in, but has difficulty connecting with friends at school. Lorna is vain about her ability to shut out distractions. Cara can’t control her scary thoughts. And while Lorna tries her best to move past life’s early disappointments, Cara picks at the cracks in her family’s story. Spanning two decades, Catch My Drift follows mother and daughter through life changes big and small, and reveals that despite our shared experiences, we each live a private story.

Reviews & Media

“With Catch My Drift, Genevieve Scott joins this excellent company of writers with an affecting novel-in-stories whose cleverness and comic moments intersect evocatively with moments of loss and regret. As well, there are epiphanies about the give-then-take-away unpredictability that life can offer.”

— Brett Josef Grubisic, The Toronto Star

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*Catch My Drift is An Atlantic Books Today Editor’s Pick*

Advance Praise for Catch My Drift:

“With rare insight and great sensitivity, Genevieve Scott’s Catch My Drift tells the story of a family through the small but significant moments that make up their lives.  As the years unfold Scott traces lines of estrangement and connection, and composes an affecting portrait of motherhood and daughterhood.  These characters will linger in your memory, because they feel so real, so true, and so richly observed.”

— Alix Ohlin, author of Inside

“Genevieve Scott’s Catch My Drift is a brilliant novel in linked stories, a mother/daughter tale like none I’ve read before. Scott writes with a sharp beauty that leaves me not just breathless but wanting more. I love her prose.”

— Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda

“Like the best contemporary novels, Genevieve Scott’s Catch My Drift is alchemical. Scott harnesses the flinty realism and breathtaking prose of short fiction, mixes it with the emotional urgency and scope of a layered intergenerational drama and creates a compelling and thoroughly original portrait of the modern family. Rendered with sensitivity and insight, Catch My Drift is elegant, ambitious and tender, a rare novel in which an entire family comes of age.”

— Nancy Lee, author of The Age

“At the heart of this sad and moving book is a mother-daughter story that feels as real as anything I’ve read for long time.”

— Cary Fagan, author of A Bird’s Eye

“Like the best swimming novels, CATCH MY DRIFT is not really about swimming at all. Rather, Lorna (the protagonist adrift) uses swimming to imbue her life with meaning and purpose. She ties her identity to her sport in the same way her daughter later looks to tennis — its discipline, its structure, its external validation — to tell her who she is. In Lorna’s struggles with marriage, motherhood, infidelity, and heartbreak, Genevieve Scott explores life’s biggest existential questions in deceptively effortless prose. Despite the best laid plans, rather than swimming to glory, Lorna ends up piecing together a life from a one night stand. Scott has created a vibrant, complex, and ultimately lovable family. Lorna and her drug-taking, wayward son, her tennis-playing daughter, and her philandering, cult-joining ex-husband are messed up and struggling and flawed, but I fell head-over-heels for them and rooted for them every page of the way. Like Caroline Adderson’s Ellen and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Scott’s Lorna is achingly human and fully alive on the page. Genevieve Scott’s debut fiction is raw and real and packed with wisdom. I happily devoured CATCH MY DRIFT in a single sitting.”

— Angie Abdou, author of In Case I Go






Catch My Drift will be on tour beginning in April 2018.

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