About the book: 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.
"Leventhal’s work grasps multiple and brazen connections between sisters, lovers, strangers, friends. These stories wander and please. They knife unexpectedly. Truth is lodged in all the cuts. These stories 'know the things energy can do.'"
Tamara Faith Berger, author of Maidenhead
"Sweet Affliction is — no big deal or anything — one of the most successful, high-functioning, sometimes perfect collections of short stories I’ve read in recent memory."
Andrew Hood, author of The Cloaca
"These stories stand Canadian literature on its head — amazing characters, totally original and unexpected situations, absolutely hilarious and heartfelt prose — Anna Leventhal is a one-of-a-kind talent."
Lee Henderson, author of The Man Game
Anna Leventhal is a Journey Prize-nominated author living and writing in Montreal. Her work has been published in Geist, Matrix, Maisonneuve, and The Montreal Review of Books, and she was the second-place winner of the 2009 Quebec Writing Competition. She was also contributing editor for the Invisible Publishing collection The Art of Trespassing. Sweet Affliction is her first book.