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A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK OF 2006
“Mean Boy will make you laugh out loud.” —The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
“Mean Boy is catchy and imaginative, harrowing, yet richly humourous, a rewarding piece of fiction from one of Canada’s most original writers.” —The London Free Press
“The atmosphere Coady evokes is pungently realistic, bolstered by hilarious set-piece scenes…. Mean Boy succeeds as a wonderful portrait of a university town and university life, from the high jinks of students intent on accumulating experience to the pontifical evasions and suggestions of well-meaning professors…. Coady’s portrayal of the jealous tenuousness of friendship, the in-fighting and fierce competitions of the literary world is daring and brilliant. . . . And Coady’s skill as a parodist and prose writer far surpasses poetic pretension. Mean Boy is a tour de force.” —The Globe and Mail
“Mean Boy is above all a solid and comical page-turner.” —NOW Magazine
“You don’t have to be a creative writer to in order to appreciate Coady’s skill as a humorist. . . . [Her] writing is tight and fast-paced, and she depicts the dynamics among her characters . . . with a sure hand. . . . An unflinching writer. . . Coady has created yet another impressive work of fiction.” —Toronto Star
“Coady has hit on a vigorous subject in Mean Boy…. [she] renders all this with glee, in a series of set pieces that rambunctiously capture an age — the mid-‘70s— when Canadian literature had more practitioners than readers…. Fun.” —National Post
“Superb…both central characters are utterly memorable and, well, hilarious. A coming-of-age novel, Mean Boy will make you laugh…. [Coady] is a storyteller with a wry comic sense and a wonderfully satirical touch.” — Edmonton Journal (CanWest News Service)
“Coady explores the sometimes uneasy relationship between art and academia . . . with a polish and razor-sharp wit that takes no prisoners…. With its polished and authentic writing, Mean Boy is guaranteed to garner attention at this year’s major book awards. If somehow you’ve missed Coady’s earlier work, start right now with this one.” — Calgary Herald
“Mean Boy is a wonderfully savage rip on the world of academia where professor-poets backstab, students write puerile poetry…and tenure is granted or denied by succintly portrayed stuffed shirts. If you have ever taken a creative writing course, you will alternately laugh, cry and blush. For those of you not conversant with the bad boys of poetry, hang on and simply enjoy.” —The Sun Times (Owen Sound)
“This is a brilliant book, a probing and often hilarious satire of the pretensions of university life and the elitist posturing of poetic genius." –Books in Canada
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Praise for Lynn Coady:
“Lynn Coady is the best young writer in Canada.”
–The Gazette (Montreal)
“It’s a miracle when a book as good as Lynn Coady’s comes along. Saints of Big Harbour is as good as it gets. . . . Bitterly funny. . . a masterpiece of comic hysteria.”