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The Days
Forecasts, Warnings, Advice
By (author): M.A.C. Farrant
9781772010077 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 13, 2016
$14.95 CAD
Active 5 x 8.5 x 0.32 in 128 pages Talonbooks
 
Victoria City Book Prize 2017, Short-listed
It’s hard to worry about the future when you’re laughing at the hilarious absurdity of daily life.

The days we live go by like slugs eating their way through leaves; everything changes, yet nothing changes, and the years soon accumulate. Who doesn’t read their daily horoscope, searching for guidance about what’s to come, how to live? What is life, but ordinary and special days, time passing, humour, sex, death, and love (making it all bearable)? All these are repeated gestures that run through The Days, a kind of absurdist guidebook made up of ninety unconventional, very short stories collected in three tight sections. This is fiction that thinks, fiction that cuts to the chase, told with Farrant’s trademark humour and acerbic wit. Her miniatures gracefully articulate the contemporary zeitgeist: anxiety about the future coupled with absurd mundanity. Somehow, always, Farrant captures the moments that buoy us up, crystallizing the experiences keeping us from being overwhelmed while calling our attention to overwhelming truths.

Let yourself be excited and delighted. Farrant’s artfully spare stories – averaging a couple of paragraphs each – offer enough food for thought (and mood) to keep you going for months. Dip in occasionally to be reminded of the strangeness of us, or read from beginning to end and immerse yourself in a slightly skewed version of reality – one in which people are frank and the world is unforgiving as it shimmers like light on water, sometimes blinding, always dazzling.

M.A.C. Farrant is the author of fourteen works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and over one hundred book reviews and essays for the Vancouver Sun and the Globe & Mail. Her memoir, My Turquoise Years, which she adapted for the stage, premiered April 4 to May 4, 2013 at the Arts Club Theatre’s Granville Island Stage in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her novel, The Strange Truth About Us: A Novel of Absence, was chosen by The Globe & Mail as a Best Book of 2012. The World Afloat: Miniatures, a collection of very short fiction, won the City of Victoria Book Butler Book Prize for 2014.

A full-time writer currently residing in North Saanich, B.C., Farrant’s work as been nominated for many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, National Magazine Awards, Victoria Book Prize, and two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for her play My Turquoise Years, among others. She has taught writing at the University of Victoria, Victoria School of Writing, and Banff Centre for the Arts, and was writer-in-residence at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

"Farrant’s work is infused with iconoclastic innovation."
Globe & Mail

"One of the best humorists in the land."
Ottawa Citizen

"Canada’s most ascerbic and intelligent humorist."
BC Bookworld

“A beguiling, quirky delight … Ever-whimsical and confidently left-field. … It is fully possible to discern serious intent behind the book’s gleeful riffling through cultural ephemera; the odd humor, off-center observations, and clever wordplay anchor the book … A tilted or askew vision operates throughout and takes readers to unexpected but rewarding places.”
Publishers Weekly

“Hilarious, absurd, these pieces of micro-fiction are like a mirror held up to the reader’s life. Farrant’s spare prose packs full stories into a few short paragraphs that you will be thinking about for weeks afterwards. She has her finger on the pulse of our times.”
—City of Victoria Butler Book Prize jury, 2017

“Once again M.A.C. Farrant has delivered a packet of fictional snippets with heft. … Grounded in the everyday, Farrant’s observations reveal the unusual in the usual, and she does it with her charming and quirky sense of humour. … Farrant has her finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary life and can see both its beauty and its flaws, and they’re often the same thing. … The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice is great fun, but it also makes you look at the world in a fresh way.”
Vancouver Sun

“Nimbly walking the tightrope between prose and poetry … knife-sharp narratives … an odd, Alice in Wonderland-esque calendar … You can feel you’re growing older in the few hours it takes to read these tales. … a book that doesn’t give the brain a moment’s rest.”
Pacific Rim Review of Books

“The short prose pieces in this new collection are sharp and shapely embodiments of the old adage ‘Less is more.’ Here M.A.C. Farrant curates her own brilliant and uneasy theory of modern life where every day is ‘a combination of breath and panic and glory’.”
—Diane Schoemperlen

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