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By Madeline Sonik

Winner, urban of Victoria Butler ebook 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 if, 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, historic, and medical tendencies of the time.

Afflictions & Departures starts by way of contemplating the turbulent and altering nature of the area within the past due Nineteen Fifties and early 1960s—the global within which the writer used to be conceived and born. Like many of that period, Madeline Sonik’s mom and dad occupied with shared social and monetary targets on the fee of genuine own feeling. those goals could erode and, through 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 was once lived, no longer 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 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 USA within the Sixties and 70s and her letter-perfect, child’s-eye view of the area brings again that point with such depth that the reader can virtually odor and flavor it. Droll, tragic, and completely compelling, Afflictions and Departures is a visceral portrayal of a family members 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 adolescence with one eye on her kinfolk and the opposite at the higher global. major cultural markers take a seat side-by-side with the small, painful intensities of her early life. 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 adolescence, Madeline Sonik has formed a novel coming-of-age tale during which the age itself assumes a starring function. Sharply saw, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Afflictions & Departures is a sensible, smooth, and fantastically written book.” (Susan Olding, writer of Pathologies: a lifestyles in essays)

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