Winner, urban of Victoria Butler publication Prize
Finalist, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
Nominated for the BC nationwide Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
Afflictions & Departures is a set of first-person experiential essays. despite the fact that, this isn't the world of conventional memoir—in addition to incidents and emotions recaptured from reminiscence, Sonik seeks out connections among the microcosm of the day-by-day occasions of her adolescence and early life, and the social, old, and clinical tendencies of the time.
Afflictions & Departures starts through contemplating the turbulent and altering nature of the area within the past due Nineteen Fifties and early 1960s—the global during which the writer was once conceived and born. Like many of that period, Madeline Sonik’s mom and dad all for shared social and financial goals on the cost of real own feeling. those objectives may erode and, by way of the Nineteen Seventies, thoroughly collapse.
These essays are as incisive as they're relocating, and go away the reader with a feeling of heritage because it was once lived, no longer because it is codified in numerous textbooks.
Praise for Afflictions & Departures:
“Startlingly unique, Madeline Sonik’s relocating tale of her adolescence defies all our expectancies of memoir. She captures crystalline moments of adolescence reminiscence and hyperlinks them in a daisy-chain with corresponding occasions of the tumultuous societal swap occurring open air her domestic. it truly is North the United States within the Sixties and 70s and her letter-perfect, child’s-eye view of the realm brings again that point with such depth that the reader can virtually scent and flavor it. Droll, tragic, and completely compelling, Afflictions and Departures is a visceral portrayal of a family members imploding.” (Jury, Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction)
“Her reminiscence is dustless, capacious, uncanny. With a storyteller’s ability and a poet’s intensity of imaginative and prescient, she recreates her formative years with one eye on her relations and the opposite at the greater international. major cultural markers take a seat side-by-side with the small, painful intensities of her adolescence. This memoir is full of pathos, but is written with a mild contact. i like the narrator who by no means falls into self-pity or narcissism. The readability of her imaginative and prescient makes the prose gleam and transforms autobiography into art.” (Lorna Crozier, writer of Small underneath the Sky)
“From the patchwork craziness of a sixties and seventies suburban youth, Madeline Sonik has formed a novel coming-of-age tale within which the age itself assumes a starring function. Sharply saw, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Afflictions & Departures is a smart, smooth, and fantastically written book.” (Susan Olding, writer of Pathologies: a existence in essays)