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Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome

by Megan Gail Coles

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Eating Habits Of The Chronically Lonesome will leave you struck, yet, exhilarated. The exploration of starvation and consumption is at the core of each character; what does our hunger reveal about the state of our soft hearts? Ellen jumps rope on rooftops in the searing Korean sun. She has sworn off carbohydrates until she can find pants that fit. Damon resents his two dollar chow mein bought on a Montreal curb. There are half-eaten poutines on living room floors and greasy corn kernels stuck to chins. There are weak cocktails, cheap coffees, white plastic forks, and cigarettes. Everywhere.

These interwoven stories are propulsive. They pull back the blast shield to reveal blinding interior voices; unrepentant and raw. Coles’ irreverent characters scorch, and strangely comfort us, as they struggle to process the permeable nature of their thoughts. Such are the sardonically complex and humourous Eating Habits Of The Chronically Lonesome.

About the Author
Megan Gail Coles
Megan Gail Coles is a graduate of Memorial University and the National Theatre School of Canada, and is currently completing the UBC M.F.A. Opt-?Res program. She is Co-?Founder and Artistic Director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. She is presently working on her debut novel (House of Anansi, 2017) and the Driftwood Trilogy of plays. Megan’s first fiction collection, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome (Killick), won the BMO Winterset Award, the ReLit Award and the Margaret & John Savage First Book Award, and earned her the one-?time Writers’ Trust Five x Five prize. Originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula, Megan now resides in St. John’s, where she is also Executive Director of Riddle Fence.
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Awards
  • Winner, 2014 BMO Winterset Award
Editorial Review

“Heavy reliance on the present tense and first person generates a sense of intimacy, whether Coles is unfolding the inner monologue of a homeless person or examining the stereotype of women as natural nurturer.”

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