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LPG Sales Force Catalogue: Spring 2018

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Sludge Utopia
By (author): Catherine Fatima
9781771663748 Paperback, UK Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Jun 05, 2018
$20.00 CAD
Active 5.25 x 8 x 0.5 in 220 pages Book*hug Press
In a kind of Catherine Millet meets Roland Barthes baring of life with hints of the work of Chris Kraus, Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima is an auto-fictional novel about sex, depression, family, shaky ethics, ideal forms of life, girlhood, and coaching oneself into adulthood under capitalism.

Using her compulsive reading as a lens through which to bring coherence to her life, twenty-five-year-old Catherine engages in a series of sexual relationships, thinking that desire is the key to a meaningful life. Yet, with each encounter, it becomes more and more clear: desire has no explanation; desire bears no significance.

From an intellectual relationship with a professor, a casual sexual relationship, to a serious love affair, to a string of relationships that takes Catherine from Toronto to France and Portugal and back again, Sludge Utopia presents, in highly examined, raw detail, the perspective of a young woman’s punishing though intermittently gratifying sexuality and profound internalized misogyny, which causes her to bring all of life’s events under sexuality’s prism.

Catherine Fatima is a writer who was born, raised and currently lives in Toronto. Sludge Utopia is her first book.

Events in Toronto and Montreal.

ARC available in January 2018

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“Few recent novels have absorbed me so completely, and filled me with
this kind of plain admiration: here is a fresh mind, a captivating
voice, and analytical acuity. It leaves me feeling as though I had
discovered a female, 21st century Henry Miller for all its unfiltered
engagement in the raw and the real.” —Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

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