By Madeline Sonik
Winner, urban of Victoria Butler booklet Prize
Finalist, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
Nominated for the BC nationwide Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
Afflictions & Departures is a set of first-person experiential essays. even if, this isn't the world of conventional memoir—in addition to incidents and emotions recaptured from reminiscence, Sonik seeks out connections among the microcosm of the day-by-day occasions of her adolescence and early life, and the social, ancient, and clinical developments of the time.
Afflictions & Departures starts through contemplating the turbulent and altering nature of the realm within the overdue Fifties and early 1960s—the international during which the writer was once conceived and born. Like many of that period, Madeline Sonik’s mom and dad curious about shared social and fiscal goals on the price of actual own feeling. those objectives could erode and, via the Nineteen Seventies, thoroughly collapse.
These essays are as incisive as they're relocating, and go away the reader with a feeling of heritage because it used to be lived, now not because it is codified in numerous textbooks.
Praise for Afflictions & Departures:
“Startlingly unique, Madeline Sonik’s relocating tale of her early life defies all our expectancies of memoir. She captures crystalline moments of formative years reminiscence and hyperlinks them in a daisy-chain with corresponding occasions of the tumultuous societal switch happening outdoor her domestic. it really is North the US within the Sixties and 70s and her letter-perfect, child’s-eye view of the realm brings again that point with such depth that the reader can virtually scent and flavor it. Droll, tragic, and completely compelling, Afflictions and Departures is a visceral portrayal of a relations imploding.” (Jury, Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction)
“Her reminiscence is dustless, capacious, uncanny. With a storyteller’s ability and a poet’s intensity of imaginative and prescient, she recreates her early life with one eye on her kinfolk and the opposite at the greater international. major cultural markers take a seat side-by-side with the small, painful intensities of her youth. This memoir is full of pathos, but is written with a mild contact. i like the narrator who by no means falls into self-pity or narcissism. The readability of her imaginative and prescient makes the prose gleam and transforms autobiography into art.” (Lorna Crozier, writer of Small underneath the Sky)
“From the patchwork craziness of a sixties and seventies suburban youth, Madeline Sonik has shaped a unique coming-of-age tale within which the age itself assumes a starring function. Sharply saw, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Afflictions & Departures is a smart, soft, and wonderfully written book.” (Susan Olding, writer of Pathologies: a existence in essays)
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