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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

NOT YET PUBLISHED
ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-388-8
ISBN 10: 0-88971-388-X
Paperback
5.5 x 8.5 - 224 pp
October 2020
CAD$21.95 • USD$

Fake It So Real

Book Description

Fake it so Real takes on the fallout from a punk-rock lifestyle—the future of “no future”—and its effect on the subsequent generations of one family. In June of 1983, Gwen, a gnarly Nancy Spungen lookalike, meets Damian, the enigmatic leader of a punk band. Seven years and two unplanned pregnancies later, Damian abandons Gwen, leaving her to raise their two daughters, Sara and Meg, on her own.

The fourteen stories that make up this book usher Gwen and her daughters through five decades, haunted by Damian’s ghost. Fuelled by vodka and scrappy determination, Gwen balances a responsibility to her daughters with her narcissistic, self-destructive tendencies. Sara and Meg scramble through adolescence and enter adulthood walking the line between selfishness and self-sacrifice, attempting to avoid their parents’ mistakes, all the while making a whole new set of mistakes of their own.

In the voices of Gwen, Damian, Sara, Meg, Damian’s bandmate and Gwen’s true love, these stories weave a raw and honest tapestry of family life as told from the underbelly, focused on the grey area between right and wrong, the idea that we are all equally culpable and justified in our actions, and the pain and ecstasy that accompany a life lived authentically.