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Mark/Skydiving
By (author): Lynn Coady
9781897289815 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Canadian Aug 20, 2012
$14.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in 96 pages J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Scirocco Drama

If you crossed Aristophanes with Eugene Ionesco, and then mixed in a bit of tag-team wrestling, you might end up with something like Lynn CoadyÕs irreverent short play Mark. When a not-so-innocent question provokes an argument one Sunday afternoon, it doesn't take long before modern-day courtesy is tossed aside and the true pagan blood sport of competitive couplehood rears its ugly head. Points are hard-won and the penalties are swift and painfulÑwith game play this punishing, what could possibly lie in store for the loser? Or the winner for that matter? But how do you actually win this thing anyway? And what do baby seals have to do with it? Wait, what team was I on again?

Skydiving, a companion piece to Mark, examines the idea of relationship from the inside out. Ash has lost her memory, and her husband Cam is trying to help her remember their life together. Looking at their life choices with fresh eyes, the couple gains a whole new perspective on marriage, personal history, and the interconnectedness of everything. Featuring game show elements and glowing quotations, Skydiving is a meditation on memory and love that is by turns hilarious and poignant.

Lynn CoadyÕs fiction has been garnering acclaim since her first novel, Strange Heaven was nominated for the Governor-GeneralÕs Literary Award for Fiction when she was 28. CoadyÕs other work includes a best-selling short story collection, Play the Monster Blind (2000) as well as the award-winning novel Saints of Big Harbour (2002) and Mean Boy (2006). Lynn Coady grew up on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and now lives in Edmonton. Her most recent novel is The Antagonist, which was short-listed for the 2011 Giller Prize.

ÒAn acclaimed novelist and short story writer, Lynn Coady is an acute, often hilarious observer of the absurdities and indignities of everyday life in small town CanadaÉabrupt, wry, perceptive and shockingly funny.ÓÑCanadian Encyclopedia

ÒÉprose that is by turns angry, funny, tender and sad.ÓÑThe Globe and Mail

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