Kiss the Joy as it Flies

by Sheree Fitch

Nimbus Publishing | July 2, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Kiss the Joy as it Flies is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
With all the wisdom, humour, and joy we''ve come to expect from Sheree Fitch, Kiss the Joy As It Flies marks the well-loved author''s move from children''s literature to adult fiction. Set in the fictional Maritime town of Odell, with a cast of exasperating but lovable characters, Kiss the Joy As It Flies promises to be a remarkable debut and a reader''s favourite. Panic-stricken by the news that she needs exploratory surgery, forty-eight-year-old Mercy Beth Fanjoy drafts a monumental "to do" list and sets about putting her messy life in order. Among other things (hide the vibrator!), she''s determined to finally uncover the identity of her secret admirer; reconnect with a lost friend and rival Teen Gaudet; and, most importantly, get her hands on the note her father left her before committing suicide all those years ago. But tidying up the edges of her life means the past comes rushing back to haunt her and the present keeps throwing up more to do''s. Between fits of weeping and laughter, ranting and bliss, Mercy must contemplate the meaning of life in the face of her own death. In a week filled with the riot of an entire life, nothing turns out the way she''d expected.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.75 in

Published: July 2, 2008

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551096536

ISBN - 13: 9781551096537

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!!!! The story is set in a fictional Maritime town with a cast of wonderful believable characters with areas of the Maritimes mentioned throughout this book making it so much more realistic. Sheree Fitch’s first adult novel and what a novel from this acclaimed award winning children’s author. Her style of writing evokes many emotions in the reader and I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever indulged with their children Sheree Fitch’s children’s books.
Date published: 2009-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I laughed and cried Sheree Fitch's book made me cry. Once, it made me laugh out loud, a full rolling belly laugh, about an escapee vibrator and unexpected company. Most fun was the game of finding mentions of my hometown. (I went to high school with Sheree, although we were not acquainted.) Mercy Beth is a realistic character, so like many of us as we recognize our own mortality. She lies, and faces her lies in the raw honesty of a cancer scare. I'm left wondering what lies I too am telling to myself, and to those I love. I am reminded of the Velveteen Rabbit. It is our suffering that makes us real.
Date published: 2009-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down i wasn't expecting a lot - I picked this up as an assumed "easy read " as diversion from many of life's stresses and started reading the following week-end. I couldn't put it down - and at 5:00 this morning finished with that" I wish there were more" feeling. Sheree seems to express inner feelings so well-even the ugly nasty ones- and keeps what could be a tragic story so funny in parts I laughed out loud. I felt like she could have been one of my friends.As a women's novel, there are none of the romantic sequences that become so predictable, and main character is not a physically perfect, successful , wonderwoman, just a real woman, with flaws and strong points we can easily relate to, whose down to earth life , friends and location take you back home. Definately a worthwhile purchase. Loved it.
Date published: 2008-10-19

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Kiss the Joy as it Flies

by Sheree Fitch

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.75 in

Published: July 2, 2008

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551096536

ISBN - 13: 9781551096537

From the Publisher

With all the wisdom, humour, and joy we''ve come to expect from Sheree Fitch, Kiss the Joy As It Flies marks the well-loved author''s move from children''s literature to adult fiction. Set in the fictional Maritime town of Odell, with a cast of exasperating but lovable characters, Kiss the Joy As It Flies promises to be a remarkable debut and a reader''s favourite. Panic-stricken by the news that she needs exploratory surgery, forty-eight-year-old Mercy Beth Fanjoy drafts a monumental "to do" list and sets about putting her messy life in order. Among other things (hide the vibrator!), she''s determined to finally uncover the identity of her secret admirer; reconnect with a lost friend and rival Teen Gaudet; and, most importantly, get her hands on the note her father left her before committing suicide all those years ago. But tidying up the edges of her life means the past comes rushing back to haunt her and the present keeps throwing up more to do''s. Between fits of weeping and laughter, ranting and bliss, Mercy must contemplate the meaning of life in the face of her own death. In a week filled with the riot of an entire life, nothing turns out the way she''d expected.

About the Author

Sheree Fitch is a multi award-winning writer, speaker, and educator and the author of twenty-three books in a variety of genres. Since the publication of her first book, Toes in My Nose (Doubleday), she''s travelled the globe as a visiting author, writing instructor, and literacy educator. A popular presenter at literary festivals, libraries, and conferences, Fitch has received the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work inspirational to Canadian children and two honorary doctorates for her contribution to Canadian literature and issues affecting women and children. Sheree''s collection of adult poetry, In This House Are Many Women (Goose Lane), was published in 1992 and reissued in 2005, and her novel for young adults, The Gravesavers (Doubleday), garnered critical acclaim and several awards. Kiss the Joy as it Flies is Fitch''s first novel for an adult audience.
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