SHORTLISTED FOR THE AMAZON.CA FIRST NOVEL AWARD A NEW STATESMAN READ-ALL-ABOUT-IT SELECTION FOR 2012 A BARNES & NOBLE DISCOVER GREAT NEW WRITERS PICK, 2012 A SALON.COM WHAT-TO-READ AWARD-WINNER, 2012 A TOP FIVE BOOK PICK, CHATELAINE AN iTUNES CANADA BEST OF 2012 FICTION PICK AN AMAZON.CA BEST BOOK OF 2012 EDITOR'S PICK A LARGEHEARTED BOY FAVORITE NOVEL OF 2012 A NEXT BEST BOOK BLOG TOP 3, 2012 When Our Woman catches her son in the hay with another man and is soon after accosted by Red-the-Twit about her own husband''s supposed infidelity (and strange sexual predilections), she embarks on an odyssey through grief and madness toward the realization of something all-too-human. Brilliantly drawn with the cadences of rural Ireland, Malarky is a wickedly funny and original tour-de-force. "This is the story of the teapot-wielding ''Our Woman'': fretful mother, disgruntled farmwife, and - surprisingly late in life - sexual outlaw/anthropologist. Everything about this primly raunchy,uproarious novel is unexpected, each draught poured from the teapot marks another moment of pure literary audacity." - Lynn Coady, author of The Antagonist Our Woman will not be sunk by what life's about to serve her. She's caught her son doing unmentionable things out by the barn. She's been accosted by Red the Twit, who claims to have done things with Our Woman's husband that could frankly have gone without mentioning. And now her son's gone and joined the army, and Our Woman has found a young fella to do unmentionable things with herself, just so she might understand it all. 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. Comic, moving, eccentric, and spare, Anakana Schofield's debut novel introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary fiction. FURTHER PRAISE FOR MALARKY "Good writing and dark wit always excite me and they come together thrillingly in this book. It has a quiet grip on the strangeness of the interior and exterior worlds of love and politics. I delighted in the writing and the scope." - Jenny Diski, author of What I Don''t Know About Animals "Anyone bold enough to name her book after a word so loaded deserves our attention. In Malarky Schofield pulls her long line tight and lets go when we least expect it." - Michael Turner, author of Hard Core Logo Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction--international in scope and electrically alive. -Colum McCann "Malarky" is a terrific read, a brilliant collision of heartbreak and hilarity written in a voice that somehow seems both feral and perfectly controlled. Anakana Schofield's Our Woman takes a cool nod at Joyce, then goes her own way in one of the most moving and lyrical debut novels I've read. - Jess Walter
About this Author
Anakana Schofield is an Irish Canadian writer of fiction, drama, essays, and criticism. She contributes to the London Review of Books and The Globe and Mail (among others). She has lived in London, Dublin, and Vancouver; Malarky is her first novel.
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