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September-October 2017

REVIEW: New short novel captures loss, dark humour set in small-town Nova Scotia

Inside ECW's Malagash

Jemicah Colleen Marasigan

By Joey Comeau
ECW Press, $15.95

If you’re in need of a book that puts grief into words, look no further than Malagash by Joey Comeau. This quick read is a witty and poignant look inside the mind of a girl who copes with her father’s death by creating a computer virus that utilizes recordings of his voice. It perfectly captures the all-too-relatable feeling of dealing with loss. Set against the backdrop of the small, red-dirt town of Malagash, N.S., Comeau’s fragmented sentences and short chapters provide a darkly humorous yet thoughtful read—one that will leave you feeling melancholy long after you’re done.

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