The Strange Truth About Us

The Strange Truth About Us

by M.A.C. Farrant

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The Strange Truth About Us by M.A.C. Farrant


This tell-all book by M.A.C. Farrant, whom Publishers Weekly has celebrated as “a brave iconoclast” and whose work the Globe & Mail has said “bristles with moral fury … at the absurdities of our accelerated age and a great dose of laugh-out-loud humour,” offers her readers nothing less than The Strange Truth About Us.

A three-part novel-length work of prose fragments, snippets, questions, speculations, and meditations, by turns philosophical, dark, comedic, and lyrical, it attempts to imagine a multitude of possible futures for our garrisoned world.

“Annotations About an Absence” is a series of 115 numbered annotations to the day-long ruminations of a retired couple living in a gated community attempting to create an imaginary novel in which they express their fears about the future: “We attempt to express the universal confusion of mind that is the main feature of contemporary life. Which is? We are afraid.”

“Woman Records Brief Notes Regarding Absence” is written as a series of notes to these annotations, providing (in the utterly blank spirit of transparency) a running satiric narrative on the project. Each of these “notes” is written as if it were a description of a late-night TV movie or the content of a wet Jehovah’s Witness pamphlet left on a woman’s doorstep that has taken hold of her mind.

“Other Prose Surrounding Absence” comprises twenty-seven prose pieces that take aim at a globalized world bludgeoned by the threat of “end times”—climate change, species extinction, pandemics, and really bad politics—that seem designed insofar as we are able to retain our status as “individuals.”

Unique in style and approach, engaging, enigmatic, controversial, and delightful, this book is an attempt to prick the bubble of our complacency in the face of the “awful atrocity” we’ve made for ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889226685
Publisher: Talonbooks, Limited
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


M.A.C. Farrant is the author of ten collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction; a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years; a book of humorous essays, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs; and the stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years, which premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre in 2013.

A full-time writer currently residing in North Saanich, British Columbia, Farrant’s work as been nominated for many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Van City Book Prize, the National Magazine Awards, the Gemini Award (for the Bravo short-film adaptation of her story “Rob’s Guns & Ammo”), the Victoria Book Prize, and two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for her play My Turquoise Years, among others. She is a regular book reviewer for the Vancouver Sun, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post.

Farrant has taught writing at the University of Victoria, the Victoria School of Writing, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and was Writer-in-Residence at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Annotations about an Absence: Going Forward 11

Part 2 Woman Records Brief Notes Regarding Absence: Benchmarking 129

Part 3 Other Prose Surrounding Absence 155

a.

Our Secret 159

Movie Emotions 161

Highway 17 Revisited 162

Marriage with Dogs 164

The Outlook for Quirky 166

His Signs 171

Waiting 172

When the Time Comes 173

b.

January 24 177

Q & A 178

The Age 180

Trajectory 181

Shift 182

What Is Shown 184

c.

A Serious Story 187

What Mattered 189

Along the Way 190

Finally 191

There Must Be a Reason 192

The Unaccountable 193

They Built a Wall 194

Rush Job 195

The Play Was Going to Be Huge 196

The North Pole 197

Hereditary Job 201

Journey to the Unknown Regions of the Extreme Outside 202

d.

Woman Interviews Self with Reference to Stories 211

Acknowledgments 213

About the Author 215

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