Kelly Ann B. for The Love Monster by Missy Marston
It is rare that a book makes me laugh, smile, wince and cry in one read but The Love Monster does all that and more. Margaret Atwood became my friend and I approached the end of the book with a certain reluctance as I was going to say good bye. Marston's work is a unique voice in the Canadian lit scene. She has a wonderful quirky sense of humour that quietly picks at the fragility of human spirit with dignity and kindness. She is a new generation of Canadian writers whose stories remind us of the power of a good story. It is for these reasons why I think The Love Monster deserves to be on the longlist.