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Joey Comeau: Malagash (2017)

175 pages

English language

Published Feb. 20, 2017

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5 stars (1 review)

"Sunday's father is dying of cancer. They've come home to Malagash, on the north shore of Nova Scotia, so he can die where he grew up. Her mother and her brother are both devastated. But devastated isn't good enough. Devastated doesn't fix anything. Sunday has a plan. She's started recording everything her father says. His boring stories. His stupid jokes. Everything. She's recording every single "I love you" right alongside every "Could we turn the heat up in here?" It's all important. Because Sunday is writing a computer virus. A computer virus that will live secretly on the hard drives of millions of people all over the world. A computer virus that will think her father's thoughts and say her father's words. She has thousands of lines of code to write. Cryptography to understand. Exploits to test. She doesn't have time to be sad. Her father is going to live …

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5 stars

The book that broke my heart the most this year. This slim novella, following a young woman recording her conversations with her dying father to keep his memory alive via a computer virus, masterfully expose the trauma, heartbreak, and humour of an event we all must eventually brave.

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