Archive for 'Reviews'
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 […]
“A major part of the appeal of Berger’s work for women is that the sex (and there is indeed a lot of it, on almost every page) is stripped so bare, flying in the face of so called ‘mommy porn’ and soft-core glossed erotica-lite like Fifty Shades of Grey. Gone are the layers of polish, […]
Be Good, a novel
Quill and Quire: “…the novel offers a thoughtful examination of sexuality, relationships, and what it means to tell the truth.”
This Magazine: “…probably the most finely realized small press novel to come out of Canada in the last year…Thank you, Stacey May Fowles.”
Fear of Fighting, a novel with illustrations by Marlena Zuber
Eye Weekly: […]
Suzanna Alyssa Andrew reviews Fear of Fighting:
It’s easy to feel invisible in Toronto, especially when your boyfriend leaves, your co-workers forget your name and your cat runs away. That’s why Marnie, the fading anti-heroine of Fear of Fighting decides to wallow in her studio apartment and count the days until she disappears completely.
Written by Stacey […]
“It’s pretty much part of Dating 101 that you keep your crazy under wraps for as long as possible. It’s best to wait until there’s an L-bomb or a ring involved, when it becomes harder for the other person to make a clean getaway. (I always think of Carla’s advice on Scrubs: “He doesn’t know […]
You can vote for your Canada Also Reads pick here. Here’s to hoping your Canada Also Reads pick is Fear of Fighting!
Let Zoe Whittall tell you why she thinks Fear of Fighting deserves a read:
I’ve read enough cranky blog posts and one-note articles about why the gatekeepers of CanLit loathe the real time and/or urban […]
To celebrate the book’s National Post Canada Also Reads nod, Fear of Fighting is being offered as a free e-book until April.
From Invisible Publishing:
“You should read Fear of Fighting; the National Post’s Afterword said so. And out of relief and ecstasy for someone (specifically defender Zoe Whittall who also just had her book Bottle Rocket […]
Featuring the best line ever in a review about my work:
“In both of Fowles’s novels, the young people do a lot of vomiting–too much, maybe, but not enough to provoke a similar reaction on the part of the reader. Rather, Be Good and Fear of Fighting are cause for celebration; they mark the arrival upon […]