Most helpful positive review
Not just your average CanLit novel.
on January 19, 2015
Recently, I attended an authors' night. Alison was one of the evening's guests. It was for her memoir 'Between Gods'. I took a shining to her, so when I got back home, I reserved her novels from the local library.
What I was expecting was the usual CanLit, spare writing so typical of the genre. That wasn't quite what I ended up with.
Yes, it was spare. Yes, it was CanLit. But there was more.
I've always thought of CanLit as the literary version of indie flicks. A film based more on characters within situations than a movie with a story containing characters. Here, Alison pushes the boundaries so that what results is more than the novel equivalent of a precious art-house film; she's managed to season the tale with no small amount of 'populist fiction' attributes.
I loved her depiction of the main characters' world in contrast to their individual adventures; all three threads of the narrative we evocative. So 'Well done, you!' to her for that. But she managed to top herself with how she made Ellen and Adam elicit distinct reactions in me: I didn't like Ellen for being a wuss, no matter the reasons (yes, I'm talking about YOU, Ellen's Mother...), and I really, really, really didn't like Adam. At all. He seemed like the poster boy for the 'All Men are D&%$heads Society'...but somehow –for me– she manage to present him with all his galling attributes without making him into a boring stereotype. (But I did wish him a cruel end. LOL)
'The Sweet Edge' might not be for everyone. But I certainly enjoyed my time reading it.