320 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.75 in
July 2, 2008
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.