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Fear of Fighting

by Stacey May Fowles, illustrated by Marlena Zuber

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list price: $3.99
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published: Oct 2008
ISBN:9781926743035
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"Stacey May Fowles evokes Lives of Girls and Women in a text that is often sweetly sad, but not sorry." Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of Skim. Combining Stacey May Fowles's humorous, biting prose with Marlena Zuber's whimsical and raw illustrations, Fear of Fighting searches for meaning in the mundane. Set in the lonely, urban landscape of downtown Toronto, the story revolves around Marnie, a broken-hearted young woman fighting to find something more.

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Stacey May Fowles is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and essayist. She is the author of three novels and a work of nonfiction, and has edited two previous anthologies. Her bylines include the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, Maisonneuve, VICE, Jezebel, and many others.

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Marlena Zuber makes maps, illustrates books and magazines and is a member of the glam-pop indie band Tomboyfriend. She also assists in running the non-profit art program, Creative Works Studio. In 2008, Marlena partnered with writer Stacey May Fowles to produce the illustrated novel Fear of Fighting.

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Sarah Steinberg, Quill and Quire


Fear of Fighting, Stacey May Fowles’ second novel, is as gut-wrenching as it is delightful. Fowles navigates the devastating terrain of a broken heart with grace, humour, and wit.The novel’s protagonist, a diffident Torontonian in her late twenties named Marnie, is a cutter and a hypochondriac, and possibly an alcoholic. She works a drab job, shredding the personal files of people she’s never met and never will. In the aftermath of a romantic break-up, she avoids friends, responsibility, and personal hygiene, and keeps lists of the diseases she probably has, or is about to get. Marnie’s gritty, unabashedly candid first-person narration weaves between past and present. The chapters are brief, and many of them have sufficient substance to stand alone, which is one of the novel’s best features. Marnie’s next-door neighbour drops in with self-help books that Marnie doesn’t read, but their relationship is never fully explored and it is not entirely clear what his role in the narrative is.Fear of Fighting is not plot-driven. It doesn’t wrap up neatly, and a knight in shining armour doesn’t appear to heal Marnie’s broken heart. Instead, it is a collection of insignificant moments that, when placed next to one another, are infused with meaning.Fowles’ protagonist is sometimes excessively indulgent about her own troubles, and therefore not entirely likable, but many readers will find her embarrassingly recognizable. We have all wallowed in self-pity following the failure of a relationship, and Fowles captures those months of obsession and regret with power and insight. Marlena Zuber’s incidetal illustrations are not essential to the book, as they would be in, say, a graphic novel, but they are very charming, nonetheless.

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