Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Poison Shy

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Poison Shy by Stacey Madden

ECW Press, 2012

Brandon Galloway is a 29-year-old nobody, fumbling between dead-end jobs in a town full of drunks and prostitutes. When he lands a position with a pest control company and meets 21-year-old wild-child Melanie Blaxley while fumigating her apartment, Brandon’s life skips from hapless to hectic in no time. He is both attracted to and repelled by Melanie’s vulgar sensuality, but when her world starts to take its toll on his sanity, Brandon wonders how much more of her he can stand. Poison Shy is a darkly funny and fast-paced novel about obsession, fear, and the threat of other people.

“A literary Blue Velvet for the millennial age, Stacey Madden’s Poison Shy is gripping neo-noir: a thriller populated by small town characters driven not by the usual genre motivations of money or power, but by the need to feel alive.” — Andrew Pyper

“This is a gory and troubling literary creeper about a dull small town with dark secrets deeper than the sewers. It moves fast and is amusing throughout — you’re smiling even when you’re grimacing.” — Russell Smith

“Deeply entertaining and delightfully cringe-worthy, inhabiting spheres both mundane and surreal.” — Sarah Gardner Borden

“Blood and guts; mystery and intrigue; sex and violence; bedbugs, booze and even doughnuts — Poison Shy has all this and more. Madden's novel is a riotous romp and a brash contemporary tragedy. Read Poison Shy and see something of yourself in all its beautifully damaged and lost souls.” — Matthew Firth


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