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Some Things About Flying

A Novel

by (author) Joan Barfoot

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Sep 1997
Action & Adventure, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 1997
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Lila and Tom are airborne, en route to their first real holiday together since beginning their affair more than five years ago. Free, Lila things, if only for two weeks - free from the constraints of secrecy, free to act on mutual desire. Then the dramatic and unexpected happen, and Lila must look, as she has never looked before, at the grounds on which she has based her life, even as they seem to drop from beneath her. Is Tom the man she thinks he is? Is Lila the woman she wants to be? And what, after all, is freedom? Compelling and sharply drawn, Some Things about Flying cunningly dismantles male-female relationships with tremendous wit and insight. (1997)

About the author

Joan Barfoot is one of the most engaging, entertaining, and original voices in contemporary fiction; her eleven novels capture the lives of people as they lived in the last twenty years of the 20th century and the first twenty years of the 21st. Readable and sophisticated, her work has been frequently compared to Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields, Alice Munro, Margaret Drabble, and Fay Weldon. Her novels have been nominated for, or won, numerous prizes, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Books in Canada (now First Novel Award, and the Man Booker Prize, and they have been translated into French, German, Italian, Swedish, and Danish. She is also the recipient of the Marian Engel Award. Her novel, Dancing in the Dark, was adapted to an award-winning feature film by the same name and it was entered into competition at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. At the peak of her powers, Joan Barfoot’s books are splendidly realized tragicomedies with note-perfect narration, mordant wit, and wonderfully neurotic casts of characters; she shows us human relationships revealed in all their absurdity and complexity. The body of her work can best be described as scintillating comedies of manners which are also profound meditations on fate, love, and artifice.

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