Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Featured Fiction: Stunt by Claudia Dey

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Coach House Books, 2008

In Sunday's Toronto Star, reviewer Patricia Robertson calls Claudia Dey’s first novel, Stunt (Coach House Books), “rich with poetic detail, alive with original characters....” Dey’s “powers of description are formidable,” Robertson writes, “It’s as if poet Anne Carson and satirist Mordecai Richler accidentally collided at a drunken PEN fundraiser to produce a mischievous, magical and observant girl-child.” You can catch the magical and observant Claudia Dey at the launch for Stunt at This Is Not A Reading Series on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Visit our events page for details.

About Stunt: Eugenia Ledoux, nine years old, wakes to a note from her father: ‘gone to save the world. sorry. yours, sheb wooly ledoux. asshole.’ Eugenia is left behind with her mother, the sharp-edged B-movie actress Mink, and her sister, the death-obsessed and hauntingly beautiful Immaculata. When Mink climbs into the family car and vanishes, Eugenia doubles in age overnight, but remains the dark and diminutive creature who earned the nickname ‘Stunt.’

Eugenia devotes herself to finding Sheb. She writes to the man she believes to be Sheb’s father: I.I. Finbar Me The Three, a retired tightrope walker. Waiting for Finbar’s response, she retreats to Toronto Island, where she meets Samuel Station, a barefoot voluptuary, world traveller and ring-maker.

When Finbar does write back, Eugenia wonders if she will find what she is looking for – or something else entirely. Studded with postcards from outer space, twins, levitation, the explosion of a shoulder-pad factory, and some accomplished taxidermy, Stunt is part dirge, part cowboy poetry and part love letter to the wilder corners of Toronto and of ourselves.

Claudia Dey’s plays have been translated into French and German, and produced internationally. They include Beaver, Trout Stanley and the Governor General’s Award– and Trillium Award–nominated The Gwendolyn Poems. Claudia is a graduate of McGill University and the National Theatre School. She writes the ‘Group Therapy’ column for the Globe and Mail. Stunt is her first novel.

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From the catalogue. Read more about Stunt at the Coach House website.