Motion Sickness by Ursula PflugMotion Sickness by Ursula Pflug

Motion Sickness

byUrsula PflugIllustratorS.k. Dyment

Paperback | August 28, 2014

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Motion Sickness is a flash novel consisting of 55 chapters of exactly 500 words each and accompanied by a wood-cut like, scratchboard illustration. The illustrations are dark and somewhat whimsical as is the text. Penelope, the twenty-year old narrator is a guitarist who writes some lyrics, has a good colour sense and a social conscience. She has kicked a drug habit and is now mainly drinking and sometimes jamming in after-hours clubs as well as writing letters of protest. She finds herself alone when her roommate goes to Calgary to be with her mother who has breast cancer. At the same time she is increasingly attracted to Theo, a slightly older bass player who turns out to be married and who shares a similarly poetic take on the world, but who, unlike her, sticks with people and jobs. He finds her employment with him silk screening T-shirts where they develop a more intimate but non- sexual relationship. In between birth control methods she finds herself pregnant after a drugged threesome which involved the very sexy but potentially violent Stan. She has an abortion. Stan becomes a frightening stalker. Theo remains a stable anchor and it becomes increasingly clear to both of them as well as to Theo's wife that their intimacy is not to be ignored. This is a smart, engaging, well-written novel that should appeal particularly, but by no means exclusively, to young women dealing with the responsibility of reproductive control, finding their way in the world of creative work and the social life of a young single person.
Ursula Pflug is author of the critically acclaimed slipstream novel Green Music (, 2002). She has published over 70 short stories in professional publications in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. She has published dozens of art and book reviews in Canada and the U.S., and has had several plays professionally produced, one (Nobody Likes Th...
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Title:Motion SicknessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 9 × 9.5 × 0.25 inPublished:August 28, 2014Publisher:Inanna PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1771331429

ISBN - 13:9781771331425

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I did not like Twilight. I like good writing. This book is what Young Adult fiction should be. It's not about virgin werewolves and chaste vampires. It's about a young adult woman going through a real life. Now don't get me wrong: I like werewolves and vampires. But the chances of encountering those are not as great as the chances a young woman has of encountering date rape and birth control failures. Motion Sickness is not a How To. Want to know what it feels like to have a copper-T IUD removed? And how your cervical entrance will feel afterward? Good. Want to know what it feels like to have sex you didn't really agree to, but didn't refuse, either? Good. Read this book. Because no one else will tell you. Ursula Pflug's characters will tell you. And Ursula Pflug will show you how to be a damn good writer, whose most poetic lines are the most brutal, the most honest, and the most comforting ones. When Penelope tells Theo about the damage done to beluga whales by industrial pollution, he asks: "Do you just cry, or do you do anything about it?" The characters in this book challenge the reader to be her best self, and to feel fully her own pain. Pflug uses the words "the escalating war on bodies" in a way that, if you never thought of it this way before, now you can, and with compassion. The characters in Motion Sickness tell about themselves and their dreams with matter-of-fact poetry. And what is not revealed in their self-aware admissions and reflections are uncannily etched for the reader by illustrator SK Dyment. Motion Sickness is not a graphic novel or illustrated novel: Dyment's work does not fill in gaps in the narrative, it expands the imagery to include the reader's life, too. That is, if you thought this book tells only the story of Penelope and the people she meets, it doesn't: Motion Sickness tells the story of the life you may have had, and the one you did not, and in this way, Penelope's story becomes Our Story. Read this book if you are Young Adult or if you are a former Young Adult. If you are an artist or a will be or were, read this book. Do yourself the favour and the honour. Greatest lines: "Penelope didn't like it when her mind started coming out of other people's mouths." "Female trouble. All girls had it at one time or another."
Date published: 2015-03-06