A Novel in Episodes

Book - 2012
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Malarky is the story of an Irish mother forced to look grief in the eye, and of a wife come face-to-face with the mad agony of longing.
Publisher: [Emeryville, Ont.] : Biblioasis, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781926845388
Branch Call Number: Fiction Schofield
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 21 cm


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Oct 17, 2015

I thought this book was brilliantly written. I found myself reading with an Irish accent, and enjoying the wonderful expressions and observations. Can't wait to read Martin John.

Oct 07, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this very unusual book. Definitely different! It is hard to get inside the mind of someone who is different and Schofield brilliantly succeeds.

Diell May 13, 2014

put back on my for later shelf, wasn't in the mood for this book. read on and off for the time I had it out, didn't get very far before I had to take it back, have to be in the mood for it, ready to commit to pushing through.

Mar 22, 2014

I struggled to read this book. Some people would enjoy it. Not my cup of tea.

ksoles May 19, 2013

Set in modern Ireland, Anakana Schofield's debut novel chronicles the mental anxieties of Our Woman as she struggles with her dependencies and desires. "Malarky" asks answerless questions and teems with often tedious allusions to James Joyce, Thomas Hardy, Irish art and Catholic history. However, solid prose and unusual structure manage to keep the reader's attention; each distinct episode contains switches in tense and point of view, questioning the reliability of multiple narrators.

Our Woman tries to balance pleasing the men in her life (her withdrawn husband and gay son) with achieving her own pleasure. She becomes obsessed with sex, takes a young lover and eventually snaps into psychosis. Unfortunately, Schofield spreads the protagonist's desperation too thinly across many voices and a powerful climax looses effect as a result.

Ultimately, a flawed but beautiful and often humourous read that introduces a stylistically unique voice.


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