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Stripmalling
     

Stripmalling

by Jon Paul Fiorentino, Evan Munday (Illustrator)
 

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Stripmalling is the story of one young man’s embarrassing and hilarious journey to literary awareness. Jonny lives and works in a strip mall in suburban Winnipeg. For some people, this would be an exciting and fulfilling life. But Jonny has a dream: he wants to be a writer. He has almost everything he needs to make this dream come true: a

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Stripmalling is the story of one young man’s embarrassing and hilarious journey to literary awareness. Jonny lives and works in a strip mall in suburban Winnipeg. For some people, this would be an exciting and fulfilling life. But Jonny has a dream: he wants to be a writer. He has almost everything he needs to make this dream come true: a supportive girlfriend, an active imagination, and an abundance of subject matter. There is only one obstacle: his own relentless stupidity.

Imagine Proust without all those annoying words and insights. Imagine a book so funny, so clever that even just touching it makes you a smarter, better person. Part journal, part comedy routine, and part graphic novel, Stripmalling is a unique experiment in genre and voice that is ambitious, accessible and laugh-out-loud funny.

Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
Both a semi-autobiographical first novel from Winnipeg-born author Jon Paul Fiorentino and something more complex and metafictional. . . . A collage-like experience, Stripmalling is a hybrid book forged out of multiple angles and perspectives. It is also a funny and clever experiment in tale-telling
Montreal Review of Books
Worth reading for its wry, sardonic humour and delightfully self-deprecating tone . . . Thoroughly enjoyable.
Scene Magazine

Outrageous, intriguing and quietly powerful, Stripmalling offers readers the curious and ultimately rewarding experience of stepping outside their own stories.

Curled Up With a Good Book

This is a strange but alluring combination of novel-graphic and literary, memoir and journal. . . .A funny and offbeat book that will take you by surprise.

Fiction Writers Review

Expands our concept of what makes something worth reading. . . . [Jonny is] a metafictional anti-hero for the new millennium.

Open Book Toronto

Tongue-in-cheek, soft absurdist humour wrapped around well-rendered foibles.

From the Publisher

“Fiorentino is wickedly funny.”  —The Globe and Mail

"What Jon Paul Fiorentino is up to is sly and self-effacing, deeply real and hilarious. Stripmalling is an absolute bender."  —Emily Schultz, author, Joyland

"A wall-to-wall shag carpet of variegated grimness and hapless hilarity; a mid-life crisis you can hold in your hand; a horny walking tour of sub-industrial, suburban Winnipeg."  —Guy Maddin, screenwriter and director

"This incredibly comedic, somewhat tragic literary work is unlike anything you'll read, ever. Fiorentino details the desperate life of an aspiring writer with wit, oddness, and complexity."  —Joe Meno, author, Tender as Hellfire

"Both a semi-autobiographical first novel from Winnipeg-born author Jon Paul Fiorentino and something more complex and metafictional. . . . A collage-like experience, Stripmalling is a hybrid book forged out of multiple angles and perspectives. It is also a funny and clever experiment in tale-telling.  —Quill & Quire

"Worth reading for its wry, sardonic humour and delightfully self-deprecating tone . . . Thoroughly enjoyable ."  —Montreal Review of Books

"Outrageous, intriguing and quietly powerful, Stripmalling offers readers the curious and ultimately rewarding experience of stepping outside their own stories."  —Scene Magazine

"Expands our concept of what makes something worth reading . . . [Jonny is] a metafictional anti-hero for the new millennium."  —Fiction Writers Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550229103
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are Saying About This

Joe Meno
This incredibly comedic, somewhat tragic literary work is unlike anything you'll read, ever. Fiorentino details the desperate life of an aspiring writer with wit, oddness, and complexity. (Joe Meno, author, Tender as Hellfire)
Guy Maddin
A wall-to-wall shag carpet of variegated grimness and hapless hilarity; a mid-life crisis you can hold in your hand; a horny walking tour of sub-industrial, suburban Winnipeg. (Guy Maddin, screenwriter and director)
Emily Schultz
What Jon Paul Fiorentino is up to is sly and self-effacing, deeply real and hilarious. Stripmalling is an absolute bender. (Emily Schultz, author, Joyland)

Meet the Author


Jon Paul Fiorentino: Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of four books of poetry including Hello Serotonin and The Theory of the Loser Class, and one book of comedic fiction, Asthmatica. He lives in Montreal where he teaches writing at Concordia University and is the editor-in-chief of Matrix magazine. Stripmalling is his debut novel.

Evan Munday: Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of The Dead Kid Detective Agency, which was a finalist for the Sunburst Award for fantastical young adult literature and the Silver Birch Fiction Award. He also sometimes makes comics and works as a book publicist for indie press Coach House Books. He lives in Toronto.

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