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Guernica Editions, Spring 2020
150 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771835084
ISBN10: 1771835087
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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An act of introspection, a lifting of the curtain, a gnaw at the jugular, a wisp of the jocular, all this and more in Earl Fowler's reverent and irreverent exposition of the pain and joy of an aged woman from India plopped into a nursing home on the West Coast. Beyond a culture clash, it is a cultural explosion for Mummy, who finds most things and people repugnant, especially the author, The Printer, while she lusts for A&W chicken strips. Fowler's poetic prose is an uber mash of cultural references, from James Joyce to Glen Campbell, Hollywood to Bollywood, Rabindranath Tagore to Sylvia Plath. A 21st century coat of many colours, these snapshots of immigration, aging, loneliness and loss are salted with irony and Fowler's unique humour. A tale ingeniously told.
I am an old woman with few memories. My objective always has been to be as quiet as possible. Not to worry -- not to strive or struggle. To resign myself. To exercise my natural indifference. To engage in a studied, wilful renunciation. My cup runneth under.

Books by Earl Fowler