The End, by Anna

A. Light Zachary


Anna’s greatest artwork would have also been her last: live-streaming her death of exposure on a remote stretch of tundra. Part love triangle, part meditation on performance art, and part archival document of a creative prodigy, this genre-bending short novel is an intelligent and emotionally resonant work from a bold and ambitious new literary voice.



A. Light Zachary is a writer, editor, and artist in Toronto. They are a poetry editor with The Puritan and the host of Light Reading. Their work has appeared in over 35 magazines and anthologies. The End, by Anna is their debut novel.

108 pages


Second edition

Cover design | A. Light Zachary

ISBN | 978-1-988355-02-3


The End, by Anna is glorious literature for our post-internet age. Queer, subversive, with a delicate melancholy that has stared at the screen for long enough and now wants to embrace the world. Literature as performance but better than that. This short book has all the space it needs to cut us to the quick.”

– Jacob Wren, author of Rich & Poor



The End, by Anna goes beyond our reality to become something that straddles art, literature, poetry, and pure sensation. I read it in one big gulp.”

– Jess Taylor, author of Pauls



“An expertly-written dream of a book that can be read on a train ride, The End, by Anna is beautiful and lush and will provoke reflection long after it’s put down.”

- Casey Plett, author of Little Fish and A Safe Girl To Love



“Inventive, fiercely intelligent, startling. Zachary delivers everything I hoped for and more.”

– Sofia Banzhaf, author of Pony Castle








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