Love for the Monster (Reviews, etc.)


Awards & Recognition

Winner, 2013 Ottawa Book Award, English Fiction
Finalist, 2013 CBC Bookie Awards – New Kid on the Block
Quill & Quire Readers’ Pick 2012
Finalist, 2012 CBC Readers’ Choice for ScotiaBank Giller Prize


Review Highlights

“To call Marston’s humour wry is barely a start. The twist in her comedy is fuelled by merciless observation, unvarnished glimpses into the human appetite for misery... As the story gets weirder, it becomes both funnier and unexpectedly moving. “      -The Globe and Mail

“There is hope, humour, and wry commentary on how we perceive the world and each other, but deeply buried under it all is that kernel of sadness, and Marston isn’t afraid to excavate it. In doing so, she creates characters that resonate and actively engage the reader in the search for hope and redemption. “ 
                                                                                                   -Quill and Quire

“Such generosity is surprisingly rare – too often writers rely on straw men and caricatures to set off their main character’s authenticity. But every potential “type” in this book, from the kooky mom to the loser boss to the uptight Christian girl, is shown, finally, to be a person worthy of sympathy and respect… Marston’s prose is unfailingly charming.”             -Montreal Review of Books

“A comic first novel by an irreverent Canadian.”     -Commentary

“You sure have chutzpah!”                   -Margaret Atwood

Select Appearances

The Word on the Street, Toronto 
Thin Air, Winnipeg
Plan 99 Fiction, Ottawa International Writers Festival
Robson Reading Series, Vancouver
Save the Bookstore Day, Ottawa
Launches in Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal, Toronto

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