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by Stacey May Fowles (ECW)

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“You’re simply two people groping to find meaning when there’s little to none.” Sadly, this quote from Stacey May Fowles’ second novel aptly sums up my feelings on Infidelity. As a fan of Fear of Fighting (2008), I admit my expectations were high, and while Fowles does manage to cover meaningful terrain---about the lengths people go to “fix” each other; the shame of feeling adrift in expectations---it isn’t enough. A novel that plumbs a superficial affair between two very different people, Charlie and Ronnie, is nothing more than a study in lust and disappointment. Though Fowles is able to capture unrefined attraction, the characters are less than fully formed, and I couldn’t bring myself to care what happened to them. And as anyone will tell you, apathy is far worse than dislike. I’ll still call myself a Fowles fan, but chalk this up as a mildly entertaining novel that does nothing new.

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