Malarky by Anakana Schofield

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What I love about Malarky is the absolutely beautiful, almost lyrical, but very simple turns of phrase Schofield employs.
-Toronto Star

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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
AN AMAZON.CA BEST BOOK OF 2012 EDITOR'S PICK
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.
 

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Anakana Schofield: Anakana Schofield is an Irish-Canadian writer of fiction, essays, and literary criticism. She contributes to the London Review of Books, The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, the Globe & Mail, and the Vancouver Sun. She has lived in London and Dublin, and now resides in Vancouver. Malarky is her first novel.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Biblioasis. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Marina Lewycka on Sep 06 2013

For all my reservations, I must say I greatly enjoyed this novel, and I admire Schofield's ability to pull off something so difficult with charm and brio.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Georgie Binks on Jul 28 2012

What I love about Malarky is the absolutely beautiful, almost lyrical, but very simple turns of phrase Schofield employs.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Brett Josef Grubisic on May 04 2012

Malarky closes with Our Woman lonely and bereaving. She’s not about to give up, though, and Schofield leaves her with a hopeful if not rosy instant of insight...

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Brett Josef Grubisic on May 04 2012

Schofield ably manages the transitions, but her intimate familiarity with Our Woman — the novel was written over a decade — could be shared more readily with readers, who are meeting the character for the first time.

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