a novel by Mau­reen Medved

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“The schol­arly life has lent it­self to fic­tion and satire for decades now (cen­turies, if you want to go back to Chaucer). Cam­puses are full of thwarted ego, gar­bled the­o­riz­ing, clank­ing bu­reau­cracy—in short, reg­u­lar life, only here mu­tat­ing in a sealed petri dish, per­fect for a nov­el­ist’s uses. Delorosa Hanks, the chaotic nar­ra­tor of Black Star, is the lat­est heir in this line. By the sec­ond sen­tence of the scald­ing new novel by Van­cou­ver au­thor Mau­reen Medved, Hanks is re­fer­ring to her aca­demic ri­val as ‘a le­sion of car­cino­genic pro­por­tions ca­pa­ble of rot­ting and de­stroy­ing de­part­ments’. It just gets darker, fun­nier, and more acidic from there.”—the Ge­or­gia Straight “Hi­lar­i­ously and blackly satiric un­til it’s not, Mau­reen Medved’s Black

Star joins a cho­rus of Cana­dian nov­els […] that pil­lory ab­surd Ivory Tower go­ings-on. Medved is mer­ci­less and up­roar­i­ous even as the si­t­u­a­tion she’s por­tray­ing tips to­ward obliv­ion. … A ‘hideous nar­ra­tive’ about bad be­hav­iour, Black Star elic­its fre­quent guf­faws. Philoso­pher­fools, what’s not to like?”—toronto Star

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