Malarky

Malarky

A Novel in Espisodes

Book - 2012
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WINNER OF THE AMAZON.CA FIRST NOVEL AWARD, 2013
WINNER OF THE DEBUT-LITZER PRIZE, 2013
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ETHEL WILSON FICTION PRIZE
A NEW STATESMAN READ-ALL-ABOUT-IT SELECTION FOR 2012
A BARNES & NOBLE DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS PICK, 2012
A SALON.COM WHAT-TO-READ AWARD-WINNER, 2012
A TOP FIVE BOOK PICK, CHATELAINE
AN iTUNES CANADA BEST OF 2012 FICTION PICK
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A LARGEHEARTED BOY FAVORITE NOVEL OF 2012
A NEXT BEST BOOK BLOG TOP 3, 2012

"A caustic, funny and moving fantasia of an Irish mammy going round the bend."
--Emma Donoghue, author of ROOM

Our Woman will not be sunk by what life''s about to serve her. She''s caught her son doing unmentionable things out by the barn. She''s been accosted by Red the Twit, who claims to have done things with Our Woman''s husband that could frankly have gone without mentioning. And now her son''s gone and joined the army, and Our Woman has found a young fella to do unmentionable things with herself, just so she might understand it all...

Malarky is the story of an Irish mother forced to look grief in the eye, and of a wife come face-to-face with the mad agony of longing. Comic, moving, eccentric, and spare, Anakana Schofield''s debut novel introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary fiction.

Further Praise for Malarky

AN EDMONTON JOURNAL FAVOURITE FOR 2012
A THREE-TIME BEST-OF-THE-YEAR GEORGIA STRAIGHT SELECTION

"Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction--international in scope and electrically alive."--Colum McCann

"Malarky is a terrific read, a brilliant collision of heartbreak and hilarity written in a voice that somehow seems both feral and perfectly controlled. Anakana Schofield''s Our Woman takes a cool nod at Joyce, then goes her own way in one of the most moving and lyrical debut novels I''ve read."--Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins

"We become comfortable saying that there''s nothing new, and then something like Malarky comes along, which is new and old and different and familiar, but ultimately itself, comfortable in its own skin, wise and smart and crazy-sexy or maybe sexy-crazy--well, you just have to read it to understand. It''s a novel that sets its own course, sure and steady, even when it seems like it might be about to go over the edge of the world."--Laura Lippman

"This is the story of Anakana Schofield''s teapot-wielding ''Our Woman'': fretful mother, disgruntled farmwife, and--surprisingly late in life--sexual outlaw/anthropologist. Everything about this primly raunchy, uproarious novel is unexpected--each draught poured from the teapot marks another moment of pure literary audacity."
--Lynn Coady, author of The Antagonist

"Anyone bold enough to name her book after a word so loaded deserves our attention. In Malarky Schofield pulls her long line tight--and lets go when we least expect it."--Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo

" Malarky spins and glitters like a coin flipped in the air--now searingly tragic, now blackly funny. The language is joyful and exuberant, the characters thoughtful and deeply felt. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant."--Annabel Lyon

"Good writing and dark wit always excite me and they come together thrillingly in this book. It has a quiet grip on the strangeness of the interior and exterior worlds of love and politics. I delighted in the writing and the scope."--Jenny Diski

Anakana Schofield is an Irish Canadian writer of fiction, drama, essays, and criticism. She contributes to the London Review of Books and The Globe and Mail (among others). She has lived in London, Dublin, and Vancouver; Malarky is her first novel.
Publisher: Emeryville, Ont. : Biblioasis, c2012.
ISBN: 9781926845388
Branch Call Number: SCHOF
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 21 cm.

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PansyT
Oct 17, 2015

I thought this book was brilliantly written. I found myself reading with an Irish accent, and enjoying the wonderful expressions and observations. Can't wait to read Martin John.

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1_Great_Book
Oct 07, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this very unusual book. Definitely different! It is hard to get inside the mind of someone who is different and Schofield brilliantly succeeds.

Diell May 13, 2014

put back on my for later shelf, wasn't in the mood for this book. read on and off for the time I had it out, didn't get very far before I had to take it back, have to be in the mood for it, ready to commit to pushing through.

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Grimace26
Mar 22, 2014

I struggled to read this book. Some people would enjoy it. Not my cup of tea.

ksoles May 19, 2013

Set in modern Ireland, Anakana Schofield's debut novel chronicles the mental anxieties of Our Woman as she struggles with her dependencies and desires. "Malarky" asks answerless questions and teems with often tedious allusions to James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, Irish art and Catholic history. However, solid prose and unusual structure manage to keep the reader's attention; each distinct episode contains switches in tense and point of view, questioning the reliability of multiple narrators.

Our Woman tries to balance pleasing the men in her life (her withdrawn husband and gay son) with achieving her own pleasure. She becomes obsessed with sex, takes a young lover and eventually snaps into psychosis. Unfortunately, Schofield spreads the protagonist's desperation too thinly across many voices and a powerful climax looses effect as a result.

Ultimately, a flawed but beautiful and often humourous read that introduces a stylistically unique voice.

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