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It’s difficult to process the feeling that comes from reading a book by an author you know will never pen another word. It’s even more difficult when the book is a young author’s first, filled with optimism and promise — when the book literally says, “We’re so young. We’re so young. […]
“There is a sense of urgency to the book, as the reader wonders what will happen to Ronnie, Charlie and their partners. As the affair escalates, both partners become more frantic and needy. Fowles’ storytelling forces the reader to ask why people come together, and what makes them stay or leave. And yet, there’s the […]
“When Ronnie meets the older Charlie, a writer whose professional success has done little to mitigate his insecurities, the attraction is mutual; neither one can resist the temptation to push back against the constraints of domesticity. What follows is an affair as heated as it is predictably […]
“The affair – seduction, desire, heartache – can overturn a life. Stacey May Fowles’s third novel, Infidelity, recounts an affair, but it is also a twisting exploration of that ‘life,’ the one that came before the affair, the life so painful to dismantle because it, too, was built on hope and trust. ‘Maybe […]
“The power of Infidelity lies in Fowles’ intricate understanding of emotions and incredibly precise mapping out of the architecture of an affair. Sex on the desk quickly becomes clandestine meetings, daytime conversations, touching legs under the table in a Bay Street bar, hotel rooms and ultimately love, tenderness and deep connection. […]
“What I didn’t acknowledge is that the act of writing about trauma, about our secrets, about our shame, may indeed be brave, but it is important to give ourselves permission to be weak. In a new age of constant online vitriol, we are instructed to steel ourselves against the world, to be […]
“Among Infidelity’s pleasures is how much Fowles conveys through uncomplicated language, revealing herself to be a skilled and confident author. . . Above all, it’s an intelligent demonstration of why broken, destructive relationships must be repaired or abandoned, and the difficulty of pursuing either course.” —Patricia Maunder, Quill & Quire
In the December issue of The Walrus, a review of Christine Poutney’s Sweet Jesus
“A man in a clown suit delivers a pizza to his dying, Vogue-reading boyfriend. He places the pizza on the bed and retreats to the bathroom to remove his wig, and upon examining his dandruff thinks, “Even in the […]
A Girl’s Life: Marjorie Celona’s coming of age novel, Y, tells a familiar story of female suffering
“While the male Bildungsroman , such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, or The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, tends to involve the acquisition of power, the experience of adventure, or the act of […]
“Leanne Shapton asks the question so many of us are embarrassed to articulate — what is the implication of coming very close to greatness, of very nearly grasping it, yet falling short?” A review of Swimming Studies in The National Post.
“We have been fooling ourselves that narrative and plot, and the gleeful […]