Afflictions & Departures by Madeline Sonik

By Madeline Sonik

Winner, urban of Victoria Butler publication 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. although, 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 youth, and the social, historic, and medical developments of the time.

Afflictions & Departures starts off by means of contemplating the turbulent and altering nature of the area within the past due Fifties and early 1960s—the international within which the writer used to be conceived and born. Like many of that period, Madeline Sonik’s mom and dad all in favour of shared social and fiscal objectives on the price of actual own feeling. those goals could erode and, by means of the 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, no longer because it is codified in numerous textbooks.

Praise for Afflictions & Departures:

“Startlingly unique, Madeline Sonik’s relocating tale of her youth defies all our expectancies of memoir. She captures crystalline moments of adolescence reminiscence and hyperlinks them in a daisy-chain with corresponding occasions of the tumultuous societal swap occurring outdoor her domestic. it's North the US within the Nineteen 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 style it. Droll, tragic, and totally 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 youth with one eye on her kin and the opposite at the greater global. major cultural markers take a seat side-by-side with the small, painful intensities of her formative years. This memoir is filled with pathos, but is written with a mild contact. i am keen on 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 fantastically written book.” (Susan Olding, writer of Pathologies: a lifestyles in essays)

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