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A pregnancy test is taken at a wedding, a bad diagnosis leads a patient to a surprising outlook, and a civic holiday becomes
a dystopian nightmare. By turns caustic, tender, and creepily hilarious, Sweet Affliction reveals the frailties, perversions, and resilience of Anna Leventhal’s cast of city-dwellers. Shiftless youths, a compulsive collector of cigarette butts, and a
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Invisible Publishing
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Jessica Lewis
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canada, short-stories
FANTASTIC! Inspiring, beautiful, funny, morbid, lovely, Canadian... Highly recommended.
Laurie Burns
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Really interesting shorts, set in Montreal.
I really liked them, I found them tough, sexy, scary and all in between!

I connected quite a bit.
Elizabeth
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publié sur le webzine Les Méconnus

C’est pour le compte des Éditions Marchand de feuilles que Daniel Grenier (Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri, Le Quartanier) a traduit l’excellent recueil de nouvelles de la Montréalaise Anna Leventhal, Douce détresse. Ce recueil de 15 nouvelles, empreint de la langue parlée du Québec, sait surprendre, toucher et questionner tout à la fois. On y découvre un Montréal multiculturel et intriguant, une ville sur laquelle plane une douce détresse, mais aussi beaucoup
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Chris Marro
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up at Drawn & Quarterly on a trip from New York City up to Montreal. The woman working the register enthusiastically recommended the book and so it was a combination of her zeal and my love of Montreal that easily convinced me to buy it. I was absolutely engrossed in this loosely connected collection of short stories. Each story seemed to beautifully narrate the ordinary details of everyday life, while at the same time each story highlights an awkward/taboo experience that could ha ...more
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Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed many of the stories in this short story collection. As with most collections, some were more engaging than others. "Gravity" tells of a young woman who takes a pregnancy test at her cousin's wedding. "Sweet Affliction" has the main character dealing with cancer caused by living on a former landfill. The stories have an intellectual humour and could be quite witty. I found one spelling error in the "Maitland" story where "know" is written rather than "no" on page 76.

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Excellent book of short stories that feels familiar for anyone who has lived in Montreal!
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Anna Leventhal‘s acclaimed short story collection Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing) won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize and was named one of the best books of 2014 by the CBC. A French translation (Douce détresse) recently came out with Marchand de feuilles. Her writing has appeared in Geist, Matrix, Maisonneuve, The Montreal Review of Books, and several ...more

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