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4.1  ·  Rating details ·  30 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Cleavage tracks the patchwork musings of Leah, who, at twenty-four years old and two years into a relationship, discovers she has breast cancer. Told in fragments reminiscent of A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, Cleavage details Leah's struggles with her illness and treatments, the conflict between her disease and her boyfriend, her ambivalence toward her job, and a ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by NeWest Press
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Sasha Martinez
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Let us enumerate. (I tell myself it is only fitting—fragments and all that. But I delude myself, I know:)

1] The novel is a mix of stream of consciousness, very short scenes, some interactive bits like scanned copies of medical papers and recipes and postcards and notes. But it’s storytelling and precise language that marks a writer who’s comfortable with her style and technique, and the novel manages a broad narrative with ease. It never seems lazy–and I’ve seen my share of “fragments” for fragm
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I will be back with a review later... I may re-read this again tomorrow... So many feelings.. What happened to Eightball: WHAT?! hah.
Feb 27, 2012 added it
I thought this book was lovely ,ever board stiff with no one to listen this book is all inner . I love the way she wrote it and the things that had to end were excepted !!! It was life in a book .
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I liked it, unique format, as far as my past reads go. Read like a diary that was not expected to be read. I'll keep an eye on the author for new stuff, it will be really fun to watch her grow.
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Theanna Bischoff is a novelist, creative writing instructor, and freelance editor who currently lives in Calgary, Alberta. She is the author of two novels: Cleavage (NeWest Press, 2008), which was shortlisted for both the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book – Canada & the Caribbean, and the 2009 Re-Lit Awards; and Swallow (NeWest Press, 2012). Theanna holds a Concentration in C ...more
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