The Telegraph-Journal admires The Obituary's 'wicked wit'

The Obituary, by Gail Scott
The Telegraph-Journal
December 1 2010

Toronto's Type books has a section for 'Books Without Plot' - this is where you'd find The Obituary. Full of footnotes, the narrative jumps from its protagonist, a fly, a historian and a woman on the bus. Words are scratched out and wordplay abounds - such as 'Dial M[ontréal] for Murder' - rather than direct description. About fractured identity - language, race, gender - the disjointed narrative is a perfect fit. It's a tough read, but full of wicked wit.

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