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Beauty is a Liar

Valerie Joy Kalynchuk’s Beauty is a Liar is the follow-up to her first Conundrum book, All Day Breakfast. Her new book, which blends poetic verse, staccato prose and collage, veers back and forth between Winnipeg and Montreal, exploring a young woman’s troubled past and eventual redemption. Kalynchuk gives us an anti-nostalgic take on childhood, filled with ballerina prodigies and views of canola fields blunted and defeated against the rain. Her heroine perpetually loses her bus pass, receives lessons from an ordained blob of dough, and remembers the time she watched a prairie storm approach from miles away.

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