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ECW Press

Fowles, Stacey May




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Erin Creasey

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ECW Press

Feature film


Stacey May Fowles is a writer and author of the novels Be Good (Tightrope, 2007) and Fear of Fighting (Invisible, 2008). Her essays have been widely anthologized in collections. She is a regular contributor to the National Post and currently works at The Walrus. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

TBD, this book will be released in October 2013.

Two very different people, stifled by relationships with their partners and trapped by everyday expectations, have an affair, taking pleasure in destroying those expectations together.

Ronnie, a hairdresser, feels trapped in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend Aaron, who stripped her of everything she enjoyed: smoking, drinking, wearing short skirts, recklessness. Charlie, an anxiety-ridden award-winning writer, is weighed down with his literary success and his responsibilities to his wife and son, who always seem to find him a disappointment. Finding in each other what was missing in their lives with their partners, they begin a tumultuous affair, relishing the destruction of everything in their lives that, up until then, was simply “good enough.” Their relationship, with all its differences and failings, with all its pleasure and pain, calls into question our rigid and limiting definitions of right and wrong, and what it means to be a partner, parent, lover, and human being. When Ronnie takes things too far and shows up at Charlie’s house, the secrets and lies begin to unravel, and Charlie finds himself losing his family, he becomes dangerously obsessed with getting Ronnie back, while simultaneously trying to also win back his wife.

What makes Ronnie and Charlie so interesting is their almost complete lack of remorse or guilt. They want what they want and will do almost anything to justify it. Despite this, they are both likeable because the lives they are trapped in seem so awful and sad. Ronnie, who has cut everything she once enjoyed out of her live for her boyfriend Aaron, finds herself wondering who she is if not reckless, what she is without her vices, especially when she finds out she has cancer, and can never give him the child he has been so desperately pushing for. Aaron is so oblivious to what Ronnie needs from him, but you feel pity for him when she leaves him and you realize that despite his mean comments and arguing, he did love her. Charlie, a writer, has a wife, Tamara, who makes him feel like a disappointment and a burden, and an autistic son, Noah. Tamara oscillates between being kind and supportive of Charlie, to cruel and mean, but in the end, her character is somewhat redeemed when she throws Charlie out and, later, attempts to connect with Ronnie.

One of the main themes is what constitutes right and wrong. Charlie and Ronnie feel no remorse for their actions, and they are not portrayed as the villains of the story, despite their affair and the pain it causes. Love is an overarching theme, and the intricacies of what feeling love towards someone can mean. Societal roles are also important, especially as Ronnie’s struggles with her lack of “womanly” characteristics, culminating in the removal of her uterus due to cancer, what she views as her last real tie to what being a woman means. Adultery is the most important theme, as an affair is what constitutes the book. Ronnie and Charlie grapple with what an affair means, and where exactly they see it going or how it will end. The affair forces them to realize aspects of their lives with their partners, and then act on those realizations: Ronnie’s are beneficial, but Charlie’s are darker and more dangerous.

The dark and illicit feel that this novel has will lend itself well to the screen; it could be really interesting to translate the feelings of the characters through cinematography and lighting and body language and nonverbal cues.

Women 18–34
Women 35–54

Comparable to Matchpoint, though without the murder at the end. Like Charlie, Chris realizes what the affair could (and does) cost him when it becomes known. He loses his wife, who was financially supporting him, his son, his home, and his job at the university. In Infidelity, Ronnie benefits from the affair (she leaves Aaron and begins to find herself) whereas it is Charlie who loses everything.

Infidelity is a book about finding what’s missing in yourself and in your relationships, and the damage that can do when you look in all the wrong places. The examination of the relationship and of their affair is unique, and the dialogue alone is worthy of making this book into a film; the interior monologues Ronnie and Charlie have as they muse over the affair and the lives are brilliant, and translating them for the screen would produce a beautiful film.

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