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Kiss the Joy as it Flies [Paperback]

Sheree Fitch
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July 2 2008
With all the wisdom, humour, and joy we've come to expect from Sheree Fitch, Kiss the Joy As It Flies marks the well-loved author's move from children's literature to adult fiction. Set in the fictional Maritime town of Odell, with a cast of exasperating but lovable characters, Kiss the Joy As It Flies promises to be a remarkable debut and a reader's favourite. Panic-stricken by the news that she needs exploratory surgery, forty-eight-year-old Mercy Beth Fanjoy drafts a monumental "to do" list and sets about putting her messy life in order. Among other things (hide the vibrator!), she's determined to finally uncover the identity of her secret admirer; reconnect with a lost friend and rival Teen Gaudet; and, most importantly, get her hands on the note her father left her before committing suicide all those years ago. But tidying up the edges of her life means the past comes rushing back to haunt her and the present keeps throwing up more to do's. Between fits of weeping and laughter, ranting and bliss, Mercy must contemplate the meaning of life in the face of her own death. In a week filled with the riot of an entire life, nothing turns out the way she'd expected.

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About the Author

Sheree Fitch's first two books, Toes in My Nose (1987) and Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), launched her career as a poet, rhymster, and a “kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss.” Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian childrenÕs literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy As It Flies (2008). Fitch's home base is the East Coast of Canada.

Visit her at: shereefitch.com


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4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed and cried June 5 2009
Format:Paperback
Sheree Fitch's book made me cry. Once, it made me laugh out loud, a full rolling belly laugh, about an escapee vibrator and unexpected company. Most fun was the game of finding mentions of my hometown. (I went to high school with Sheree, although we were not acquainted.)

Mercy Beth is a realistic character, so like many of us as we recognize our own mortality. She lies, and faces her lies in the raw honesty of a cancer scare. I'm left wondering what lies I too am telling to myself, and to those I love. I am reminded of the Velveteen Rabbit. It is our suffering that makes us real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!! April 19 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is remarkable. The author's use of words is simply poetry - she uses words like a musical instrument, creating "word music". The main character is a great heroine - wise, funny, deterrmined, & unalterably both honest & searching. You'll laugh and you'll cry. Read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance in a Book March 28 2011
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I read this book after I heard a lot of controversy over the main character Mercy Beth Fanjoy. It seems Fitch's readers either hated this character or loved her - I adored her and her seemingly infinite wisdom about all that is life. The controversy, the discussions at a workshop Sheree Fitch hosted and the overall perception of this book only made it more enticing.

Kiss the Joy As It Flies follows Mercy as she is diagnosed with a possible cancer. This tale offers the reader humour in time of devastation while Mercy tries to complete a list she created which included being given her father's suicide note her mother has but won't admit to. Also on the list: complete and publish her first book ( no easy task for anyone), have relations with "the Animal man", belly dance and so many more. Although I won't spoil any of what does or doesn't happen this book is a must read for anyone who understands that life is worth living and for anyone who will ultimately die.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed and cried June 5 2009
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Sheree Fitch's book made me cry. Once, it made me laugh out loud, a full rolling belly laugh, about an escapee vibrator and unexpected company. Most fun was the game of finding mentions of my hometown. (I went to high school with Sheree, although we were not acquainted.)

Mercy Beth is a realistic character, so like many of us as we recognize our own mortality. She lies, and faces her lies in the raw honesty of a cancer scare. I'm left wondering what lies I too am telling to myself, and to those I love. I am reminded of the Velveteen Rabbit. It is our suffering that makes us real.
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