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    ISBN: 9780889228382 | Paperback

    112 pages | Pub. Date: 20140215
    8.5 W × 5 H × .5 D inches
    Backlist | Fiction | Bisac: FIC029000
    Rights: WORLD


City of Victoria Butler Book Prize: M.A.C. Farrant, The World Afloat (Winner)

In The World Afloat, a series of seventy-five “miniatures” that melds narrative with elements of prose poem and farce, master of the absurd and expert observer M.A.C. Farrant peers into the complexities of human experience – through the rear window.

Inside the linoleum-lined kitchens and lace-trimmed living rooms that drift through these stories, Farrant interrupts the daily routines – doctor’s appointments, gardening, mealtimes – of her eccentric yet familiar characters with intensely surreal, laugh-out-loud moments. What happens when a whimsical spirit becomes captive to a middle-aged body? At the end of a Love Your Package workshop, what does the wrap-up dinner look like? Can a soggy tomato salad really end someone’s marriage? Brimming with pathos and bathos in equal measure, Farrant’s smart prose offers escape and renewal from the monotony of modern life, while at the same time poking fun at her readers’ pathological devotion to the technology and interpersonal relationships that leave them feeling bored and empty. Sexuality and depravity, childhood and bad parenting, and love and divorce are all deftly handled in this hot flash of a book that goes straight to the heart of things. As each “miniature” reads stranger (and truer) than the one before, Farrant manages to coax her readers from their well-worn, earthbound narratives and into a world afloat on satire, absurdity, and, in her most brilliant moments, expansive joy.

Winner 2014 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

By M.A.C. Farrant

M.A.C. Farrant is the author of sixteen books: thirteen collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction; one novel, The Strange Truth About Us; a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years; a book of humorous essays, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs; and the stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years, which premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre in 2013.

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news | 2020-12-21
Pause and Repeat: A Christmassy story from M.A.C. Farrant's The World Afloat

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news | 2019-12-23
Our Spiritual Lives: A Christmas-y tale from M.A.C. Farrant

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news | 2019-02-19
Our Great Happiness: M.A.C. Farrant's new book has arrived!

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news | 2018-08-19
M.A.C. Farrant – three stories at Geist

…City of Victoria Butler Book Prize; the first, The World Afloat, won the 2014 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. …

news | 2017-09-06
The Days is a finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize!

…Farrant’s previous book, The World Afloat , won the prize in 2014. Our fingers are crossed …

news | 2016-02-03
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news | 2015-01-15
Listen: M.A.C. Farrant reading from The World Afloat

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news | 2015-01-05
An Inspiring Book for 2015

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news | 2014-12-23
Happy Holidays!

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news | 2014-10-16
M.A.C. Farrant Wins Victoria Book Prize!

…for her collection of “miniature” fiction, The World Afloat. From the City of Victoria Book Prizes press … Prizes Gala. M.A.C. (Marion) Farrant, author of The World Afloat (Talonbooks) was named the winner of the 11th … be happier for her. Congratulations, M.A.C.! The World Afloat , a collection of seventy-five irreverent and …