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Infidelity, a novel (2013) “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.”

The National Post: “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. It is because of Fowles’ complete lack of judgment that we find ourselves rooting for Charlie and Ronnie despite their double lives, and more importantly, like the characters themselves, questioning conventional notions of love and security — the true strength of this book.”

Be Good, a novel (2007) “Be Good at its core: a beautiful, tightly written work that will cut you with every pass of the merry-go-round of knives and love fucked over.”

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 (2008)

Eye Weekly: “Paired well with Zuber’s drawings, Fowles words are simple and elegant. She has perfectly bottled the ennui and cruel narcissism of people old enough to have bad credit but still young enough to puke outside of bars. Even if you’re comfortably past that age, Fowles’ book is worth the sobering read. After all, we’re never as far from our worst years as we think we are.”

She’s Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out and fighting back, co-edited with Megan Griffith-Greene (2009)

Broken Pencil: “With She’s Shameless, the current publisher and editor of Shameless magazine take aim at the incredibly unrealistic demands put upon young girls and women by the likes of popular fashion and style magazines like Vogue, Seventeen and Elle. Both the book and the magazine attempt to reassure young girls that there is something more to life than the standards of unthinking, apolitical, apathetic and beauty-obsessed consumption offered by the mainstream media. Above all, it seeks to rid young women of feelings of shame-for their bodies, sexuality, gender, outlook and so forth.”