By Anne Fleming
“Fleming treads a fine line between describing scenes of social trauma so pitch perfect readers will squirm in their chairs and moments of transcendence during which characters see the possibility of happiness and human connection. Fleming’s ability to fully inhabit the consciousness of her characters is flawless, as are her portraits of the ordinary and extraordinary life of adolescent girls.”
–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Anomaly is the much-anticipated novel from Anne Fleming, whose first book, Pool-Hopping, was shortlisted for the 1999 Governor-General’s Fiction Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. The fascinating characters inPool-Hopping come from differing backgrounds and generations, but all sense disorder lurking beneath the fragile surface of existence. Finely crafted, witty, and engaging, the story collection received rave reviews.
Anomaly is an enormously insightful coming of age novel, focusing on two sisters who grow to adulthood during the 1970s. The older sister is an albino, who struggles to find acceptance, and the younger is a precocious tomboy who must come to terms with her own sexuality. It is a novel about lost time and space, which candidly explores the notion of sisterhood, in particular how two girls navigate this complicated relationship. The novel was Raincoast’s lead title for fall 2005.
“Fleming’s honesty as a writer is extraordinary. . . . [Her] talents are clearly on display here, and her decision to situate her young girls in a stream of female continuity running back to the beginning of the last century is bold and thought-provoking.”
–Quill & Quire
“Fleming has a keen eye for dramatic scenes and a good ear for dialogue. …Isolated scenes impress with keen drama and a vivid prose style.”
Raincoast Books, Canada, Fall 2005