FOR FANS OF CONFESSIONAL MEMOIR: And young writers like Patricia Lockwood who tackle deeply personal, relatable material that comes from their own experiences of early adulthood. Like Lockwood, Maxymiw’s ear for dialogue is incredible, and her voice is intimate, and engaging, and she writes with rare insight and clarity that will force readers to consider their own experiences anew.
OPPORTUNTY TO REACH BEYOND ONE DEMOGRAPHIC: This honest, unglamorous look at what it’s like to work in a wilderness lodge is perfect for millennial readers, a phase of life where a summer of work away is a present reality. But there’s also opportunity to reach beyond that readership because this book will be deeply relatable for those in their thirties and up—in particular, it’s a book for people who have fond memories of a “summer away” when they were younger, whether it’s tree-planting or working as a camp counsellor.
EXQUISITE WRITING ABOUT THE NATURAL WORLD: This book is for readers of Kate Harris’s Lands of Lost Borders and Kathleen Winter’s Boundless and any reader who appreciates vivid, beautiful descriptions of the natural world.
M&S’S ENERGETIC, TALENTED YOUNG NON-FICTION WRITERS: Anna Maxymiw is one of a handful of dynamic new writers. She’s very well connected, savvy, and will be a strong promoter of her work on social media and everywhere else.
“What a luminous and surprising book this is. Anna Maxymiw lands in the middle of the wilderness and turns her sharp and compassionate eye on everything she sees, whether it’s a fish, bear, outhouse, or fellow housekeeper. She finds them all fascinating, and through the gift of her storytelling so do we." –Elizabeth Renzetti, author of Shrewed
“Anna Maxymiw is a beautiful writer. She weaves her memories into a vibrant and spectacular narrative that makes it impossible to stop reading. I'm in awe of her willingness to be so open and candid and honest and warm, and we're all very lucky she lets us go with her on such an incredible and transformative adventure. She also achieved the impossible: she made me want to spend time outdoors.” –Anne T. Donahue, author of Nobody Cares
“Crows, shit, water wolves, and pheromones whirl in Maxymiw’s bush camp tense with rigid gender roles, its wildness framed by surprising portraits of the two cities she left behind.” –Kathleen Winter, author of Lost in September
“Dirty Work is a sparkling gem of a book, showcasing the enduring, complex magic of this country’s unforgiving yet rewarding terrain. Beyond being an exquisite writer, Maxymiw has a real gift for revealing the glory and the cruelty, the beauty and the filth of both the natural and human world. We are lucky to have her perspective and singular voice—one that’s not only refreshing, but necessary.” –Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice
“Anna Maxymiw's writing is utterly magnetic and captivating. Her most stunning achievement is the overwhelming generosity she injects into every word. Generosity for the sketchy airplane engines, for the bears, for the temperamental housekeepers and moody guests—generosity even for the f***ing pike. As Maxymiw opens herself up to the boreal forest, to an unforgiving wilderness, she invites us in to spend time laughing with her, crying with her, and maybe even accidentally extending some of that generosity to ourselves.” –Elamin Abdelmahmoud
"[Maxymiw] reminds us of the enormity and unruliness of the Canadian wilderness. Maxymiw writes with painterly prose and a strong sense of humour. She makes the landscape seem mythic, grotesque, boring, itchy, and magical, swallowing any contradictions whole.” --Maisonneuve
"Dirty Work is warm and wise, a funny take on summer camp from a worker's point of view." --The Sun Times (Owen Sound)
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