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CanFic Crash-Ups

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CanFic Crash-Ups

A CanFic crash-up is an experiment in which the first and last lines of a given work of Canadian fiction are put side by side. The effect can be extraordinary. Sometimes the two lines tell a story, sometimes they capture the themes and/or tone of the work as a whole, and sometimes they make absolutely no sense. Try it out on your favourite novels and see what happens.

Here are a few recently published Canadian novels I subjected to the CanFic Crash-Up test, starting with my own:

Poison Shy by Stacey Madden (ECW Press, 2012)
"My worst fear? Not this time."

Girl Crazy by Russell Smith (HarperCollins, 2010)
"The pool was closed. His whole body felt hard."

The Antagonist by Lynn Coady (House of Anansi, 2011)
"There you are in the picture looking chubby and pompous, and it makes me remember how you told me that time you were afraid of fat people. And fuck you for not putting it your book."

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi, 2011)
"I was sitting outside the Commodore's mansion, waiting for my brother Charlie to come out with news of the job. And might I say what a pleasing conclusion this was for me."

The Carpenter by Matt Lennox (HarperCollins, 2012)
"Leland King was back in town. He looked down, and just before he hit the surface of the river, he saw himself, a fast-moving shadow, rushing up feet first to meet him."

Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger (Coach House Books, 2012)
"There are slaves on the earth right now, actual slaves. 'I think we think we all agree'."

Magnified World by Grace O'Connell (Random House, 2012)
"The first time it happened, I didn't open the store on time. Then I put my money on the table and went out to join them."

The Parabolist by Nicholas Ruddock (Anchor, 2010)
"It was well past three or four in the morning and she was married and far more experienced than he was and he couldn’t remember half the things they did there in her bedroom on Roxborough Drive. Someday, he'd know what to do, but not quite yet."

Ghosted by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall (Random House, 2010)
"Mason Dubisee dodged a booze-propelled bullet on the day he was born. He sat down to write."

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Stacey Madden

Stacey Madden holds a BA from the University of Toronto and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph. He lives in Toronto. Poison Shy (ECW Press) is his first novel.

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