Sunday, February 16, 2014

Infidelity by Stacey May Fowles

4 Star

Ronnie, a hairdresser with a history of recklessness, feels stifled by the predictable, comfortable life laid out before her with her live-in boyfriend. Charlie is an anxiety-ridden award-winning writer, burdened by his literary success and familial responsibility, including a bread-winning wife and a child with autism. When the unlikely pair meets, a filmic affair begins on office desks and in Toronto hotel rooms, creating a false reality that offers solace in its secrets. Two very different people, trapped by everyday expectations, take pleasure in destroying those expectations together. Their relationship, with all its differences and failings, with all its pleasure and pain, calls into question our rigid and limiting definitions of right and wrong, and what it means to be a partner, parent, lover, and human being.

Sabrina-Kate - 4 Star

There were so many things that I loved about this book but a few times I felt like a little too much detail was given for no apparent reason making the book drag on a bit. But I would recommend reading it as I feel like it was a great portrayal of the complexity of life and love and everything in between, including infidelity.

The story was almost dizzying at times with all that was going on and the confusion on the parts of the people taking part in the infidelity. Was it love or just a convenient way to escape life? The motivation was not clear for the characters themselves which I think is probably often the case with infidelity anyway.

I truly liked how the characters were flawed and so very human. You didn't feel like they were anything but extremely human and very much just living their lives the best way they knew how, even if that wasn't very good at all. Infidelity also showed adeptly how things can happen in life quite by chance at times.
The way that this book was shown to be set in Toronto was just fantastic. It wasn't underdone or overdone which is often the case when setting the scene. Just enough detail to make it obvious but not too much for no reason.

Infidelity is definitely a strength in the Canadian literary scene though due to its subject matter, I wouldn't suggest it for everyone. You really have to be prepared for what you are getting into.

Thank you to ECW Press for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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