Beautifully vivid, passionate and heartbreaking, The Chalk Canoe takes us into the confidences of two young women as they perch on the threshold of adulthood. Their story reflects the Minnesota lakeside town where they grow up and encounter the petty jealousies and rages of their neighbors, and the secrets the town has kept for centuries. Part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, The Chalk Canoe will stay with you like a sly, favorite cat and keep you enthralled until every last word has been devoured." Jenna Zark, The Beat on Ruby's Street
"Heidi Arneson's words fill the pages of The Chalk Canoe like fireworks light a Fourth of July sky. Color Me Bedazzled." Noel Holston, Like the Dew
"Heidi Arneson's new novel turns Minnesota suburbia circa 1970, with its Pop-Tart breakfasts and visits to the Dayton's makeup counter, into a magic garden of uncanniness, complete with a stolen mummy, mysterious messages from the past, a basement where the dead speak to a middle-school girl, and a shocking tragedy. Its deeper subject is the mystery of coming-of-age: two girls exploring themselves and one another as they take their first steps into the seriously surreal world of adulthood." Jon Spayde
"Heidi Arneson's prose is graphic and striking. She builds suspense, and explores sexuality and standards of normality with incisive humor, revealing the narrator Cat's most secret thoughts and desires, and tackling serious teenage issues such as suicide.The novel has a strong Minnesota connection, with a lake as a central character in the story, and the most vivid description of a tornado I have read." Tessa Bridal, Author, The Tree of Red Stars, River of Painted Birds
"Snapshots and letters linger through the death and life experiences of Cat McCloud. Through strength and struggle of early womanhood, Cat finds herself in a loop of new urges and childlike beliefs. When Cat and Dee-Dee find yellowed notes and poison pens, their lives flip from good-girls to mummies, suicide and fits of new found passion.These gritty glimpses into the soul experiences of a burgeoning woman make this story as relevant to this teen reader as any in history or future. I feel like Cat is my friend, she could be me!" Bijou Abas, actress, Cold November
"...time-travel, intrigue, and magical realism with just a touch of magic added into the mix, setting it apart from fantasy's heavier hand...steeped in atmospheric descriptions which are one of the powerful strengths that set Heidi Arneson's story apart from any other. Cat's voice is uniquely compelling, lending a fire and spice to her story that makes it impossible to put down... virtually bristles with a snappy, evocative and unique observational style that keeps it grippingly fresh. The Chalk Canoe is highly recommended reading for all ages seeking a young pioneer's confrontation with both the impossible and her own choices and powers, and is a compelling saga that stands head and shoulders above most other coming of age or magical realism accounts." D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.