Life Is About Losing Everything

Life Is About Losing Everything

Book - 2012
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A blend of fiction and fantastical memoir that sketches seven tumultuous years in the author's life, told in a series of short stories. The stories are at once a cache, a repository, of a period in the author's life; and, too, a gymnasium, a place where she can flex her prodigious wit and her dazzling stash of literary tricks. Deft with matters both low- and highbrow (here are stories about 80s big-hair bands and the lasting, theological value of the Rocky series; here, too are stories contemplating critical theory and fine art), 'Life Is About Losing Everything' speaks with manic yet grave authority about risking and losing everything, and then sorting through the remains to discover what is beautiful, what is trash, and what, ultimately, belongs.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi, c2012
Description: 348 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781770890039
Branch Call Number: Cros


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Mar 09, 2015

Lynn Crosbie’s Life Is About Losing Everything is a gritty song cycle melding a dizzying array of short story, poetry, microfiction, memoir and more. The story traces a path through depression, addictive behaviours and destructive relationships, seeming to circle back repetitiously but always – sometimes imperceptibly, but always – moving forward.

ksoles Jan 04, 2013

A lonely woman narrates the emotionally difficult "Life is About Losing Everything." Overweight and unfulfilled, Lynn binge drinks and has reckless sex in order to assuage the “loneliness that is a hole that wants to be filled by anything dark and terminal.” She remembers the hubris of youth and sees her wrinkles as an inevitable marker of her loss of fecundity. She laments never having children but admits she would have only done so to keep men tethered to her.

Despite a bitter tone and rather depressing subject matter, Crosbie writes beautifully here, courageously recounting an ugly side of life. She shows how middle-aged women suffer from erasure and seek surface cures for the insult. Each short piece in the book contains metaphors that become true in the midst of drugs and loneliness; making sense becomes a forgotten luxury. Ultimately, Crosbie profoundly explores how to survive in an "underworld of unimaginable cruelty that operates every minutes of every day.”

Jul 09, 2012

I would only recommend this book to the weirdest of my weird friends. Not for the faint of heart and definitely not my cup of tea.

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