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Vol. 76 — Disease

by Sarah Tolmie

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Bodily life is an uneasy business. The terror of disease is a ubiquitous one. New diseases are being discovered all the time. This book collects twenty contemporary diseases — privacy, for example, or innovation, or involuntary compassion — and presents their primary symptoms and etiologies. It presents sufferers’ anecdotes: Owen wakes up one day made of glass. Deirdre is allergic to tourists. A middle-aged diabetic is haunted by the feet of a Kurdish refugee child. Apples develop a persistent tremor, and peanuts plot underground. Human resilience is tested in dramatic new ways in Disease.

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It’s Tolmie’s imagination, combined with her sly and sometimes satirical sense of humour, that makes the pieces work so well... Disease isn’t a traditional sort of book. The collection was nonetheless enjoyable for its imaginative scope and the generous injection of humour.
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  —The Miramichi Reader, Lisa Timpf, July 2021

ISBN: 978-1-61976-193-3 (13 digit)
Publication Date: Aug 2020
paperback 102 pages