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Afflictions & Departures

by Madeline Sonik

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Afflictions & Departures is a collection of first-person experiential essays by writer and academic Madeline Sonik. Although Sonik explores some of the salient personal experiences of her young life, the essays in Afflictions & Departures are not traditional memoir. In addition to incidents and feelings recaptured from memory, Sonik seeks out connections between the microcosm of of the daily events of her childhood and the social, historical, and scientific trends of the time. Afflicitons & Departures begins by considering the turbulent and changing nature of the world in the late 1950s and early 1960s-the world in which the author was conceived and born. Like many couples of that era, Madeline Sonik’s parents focused on shared social and economic ambitions at the expense of authentic personal feeling. These ambitions would erode and, by the 1970s, completely collapse. In Afflictions & Departures Sonik exercises both intellectual depth and emotional range. The essays are as incisive as they are deeply moving, and leave the reader with a sense of history as it was lived, not as it is codified in countless textbooks.

About the Author

Madeline Sonik is a teacher, writer, and editor. Her work has been published extensively in journals, magazines, and academic anthologies. Her latest books include: Stone Sightings (poetry), Arms (a novel), Drying the Bones (stories) and Belinda and the Dustbunnys (children’s novel). She has a MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Education, both from UBC. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards, prizes, and fellowships for her writing. She currently teaches at the University of Victoria.

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  • Winner, City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

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Afflictions & Departures: Essays

Combining a personal memoir and the history of an era, this collection of first-person essays traces the author’s life from conception in 1959 through her adolescence. With a poet’s depth of vision, Sonik juxtaposes the turbulent social and political events of the 1960s and 1970s to her painful daily childhood experiences. In this way, she reveals how the changing mores and values of the time affected her family relationships and her sense of self. The terms ‘dysfunctional family’ and ‘child abuse’ were not yet common yet they describe a family composed of an alcoholic father and dissatisfied mother. The façade of suburban neighbourhoods did not deceive this author/ child. These compelling essays describe a time when society was profoundly transforming.

Sonik has written several books and currently teaches at the University of Victoria.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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