Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome
ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD Finalist
Written by Megan Gail Coles
“Megan Gail Coles’ cast of drifters and immigrants, hipster-haters and con-artists live frustrated lives full of desire; they are always on the go, ever grasping. They are real and dangerous, hot-heads and live-wires. They will shock you and shatter your illusions. But their stories will also move you and make you laugh.”
- Samuel Thomas Martin, author of A Blessed Snarl
“...an exciting, new and strong voice on the literary landscape.”
- Gerard collins, author of Moonlight Sketches and Finton Moon
“Timely and timeless, Coles’ voice is surefooted and daring, authentic and adventurous-our longstanding tradition of provocative, fiery literature has grown that much richer with this inspired new publication.”
-Joel Thomas Hynes, author of Down to the Dirt and Right Away Monday
Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome will leave you struck, yet exhilarated. The exploration of starvation and consumption is at the core of each character; what does our hunger reveal about the state of our soft hearts? Ellen jumps rope on rooftops in the scaring Korean sun. She has sworn off carbohydrates until she can find pants that fit. Damon resents his two dollar chow mein bought on a Montreal curb. There are half-eaten poutines on living room floors and greasy corn kernels stuck to chins. There are weak cocktails, cheap coffees, white plastic forks and cigarettes. Everywhere.
These interwoven stories are propulsive. They pull back the blast shield to reveal blinding interior voices; unrepentant and raw. Coles’ irreverent characters scorch, and strangely comfort us, as they struggle to process the permeable nature of their thoughts. Such are the sardonically complex and humourous Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome.
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