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By Madeline Sonik

Winner, urban of Victoria Butler e-book Prize

Finalist, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

Nominated for the BC nationwide Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Afflictions & Departures is a suite of first-person experiential essays. even though, this isn't the area 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 formative years, and the social, ancient, and clinical developments of the time.

Afflictions & Departures starts via contemplating the turbulent and altering nature of the realm within the overdue Fifties and early 1960s—the global within which the writer was once conceived and born. Like many of that period, Madeline Sonik’s mom and dad considering shared social and monetary goals on the fee of real own feeling. those goals may erode and, by means of 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 formative years defies all our expectancies of memoir. She captures crystalline moments of youth reminiscence and hyperlinks them in a daisy-chain with corresponding occasions of the tumultuous societal swap happening outdoors her domestic. it really is North the United States 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 nearly odor 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 formative years with one eye on her family members and the opposite at the higher 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 gentle 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 formed a unique coming-of-age tale within which the age itself assumes a starring function. Sharply saw, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Afflictions & Departures is a sensible, soft, and wonderfully written book.” (Susan Olding, writer of Pathologies: a existence in essays)

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