Reviews

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“Bydlowska has already proven her skill when it comes to taking on dark and difficult subject matter. In 2013, she published, to some controversy, her memoir Drunk Mom, recounting the alcoholic relapse she struggled with after the birth of her son. Her candour, directness and obvious talent as a writer were celebrated widely, as was her ability to take on and cleanly – even coldly – deliver such trying content. Drunk Mom was so stylistically affecting precisely because it refused embellishment, exposing the trials and tragedies of addiction for what they truly are. Though Guy is certainly a very different project, it’s one entirely suited for Bydlowska’s unique approach to the page.

The author’s signature pared-back prose is perfect for getting inside the mind of her fictional narcissist. Guy’s lack of empathy and sensitivity is delivered without excuse or adornment, his matter-of-fact sexism laid bare and therefore made all the more distasteful. Readers feel horror as Guy feels almost nothing – no remorse, no sadness and certainly not love. He’s abusive via his lack of care or respect, and yet he’s also painfully familiar.”

The Globe and Mail

From: Patricia Dawn Robertson is an independent journalist who is currently rereading Pride and Prejudice.

“While Guy may be grounded in social realism, its lack of genuine redemption means there’s no escape from the grit, which aggravated this reader. Every dark novel needs to draw the velvet curtains back occasionally to shed some light. Otherwise, the dreary hopelessness of the failed romantic’s grim philosophy has anxious readers reaching for the Zoloft.

There isn’t an ounce of sentimentality in Guy. The young, female niche audience appears to consist of jaded Girls viewers, “Missed Opportunity” contributors in the Kijiji classifieds and battered Tinder veterans. Perhaps this jaundiced “CadLit” will hold more appeal for them.”

The Toronto Star

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Quill and Quire

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