8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
Farrant was educated at Simon Fraser University.
3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada
Farrant was educated at the University of Victoria.
(A woman whose husband keeps himself locked in a closet tr...)
A woman whose husband keeps himself locked in a closet tries to woo him out by singing the praises of Juan Valdez. This and other stories from Farrant's brave new world poke gentle fun at the conventions of suburbia and modern relationships.
(With its deadpan humour and wry sensibilities, Altered St...)
With its deadpan humour and wry sensibilities, Altered Statements is a collection of inventive short fictions that turn the real world on its head. Farrant is an anthropologist of the absurd, cataloguing the habits and traditions of modern society with wit and wonder. Life as you know it will never be the same.
(Here's what's true: Dorothy Parker eats fire, Leonard Coh...)
Here's what's true: Dorothy Parker eats fire, Leonard Cohen loves beans, and Diana Ross is a midget. These stories strip away stardom to expose the absurd, and reveal the extraordinary quirks of ordinary people.
(Tart-tongued former hippie Marion narrates these 12 jaunt...)
Tart-tongued former hippie Marion narrates these 12 jaunty, interconnected stories of humorous parental angst. Between trying to keep up with their three nearly adult children's junk food and hair gel consumption, tantrums and adolescent antics, neither Marion nor her husband, Gerry, are enjoying the "independence, wealth and the Open Road" they'd once imagined for themselves.
(This brilliant collection of satirical short stories expl...)
This brilliant collection of satirical short stories explores the evolving corporate construction of reality in the media and information age.
(Throughout her childhood, Marion Farrant heard exotic sto...)
Throughout her childhood, Marion Farrant heard exotic stories of the sophisticated life her mother, Nancy, led aboard cruise ships and in Australia.
(The Jonathan Swift of the bingo hall and elder-care, the ...)
The Jonathan Swift of the bingo hall and elder-care, the Alexander Pope of pet-care and the dinner parties of the liberal intelligentsia, Marion Farrant continues her assault on the unaccountably disaffected and disillusioned of the Western world with The Breakdown So Far, her eighth volume of extremely short stories for those of us who seem to have lost both our way and our attention span.
(A three-part novel-length work of prose fragments, snippe...)
A three-part novel-length work of prose fragments, snippets, questions, speculations, and meditations, by turns philosophical, dark, comedic, and lyrical, it attempts to imagine a multitude of possible futures for our garrisoned world.
(In The World Afloat, a series of seventy-five "miniatures...)
In The World Afloat, a series of seventy-five "miniatures” that melds narrative with elements of prose poem and farce, master of the absurd and expert observer M.A.C. Farrant peers into the complexities of human experience through the rear window.
(Who doesn't read their daily horoscope, searching for gui...)
Who doesn't read their daily horoscope, searching for guidance about what's to come, how to live? Fortune-telling, sex, death, love, ordinary and special days, time passing, humor making it all bearable these are the repeated gestures running through The Days, a kind of absurdist guidebook made up of ninety unconventional very short stories collected in three tight sections.
(A delightful collection of seventy miniature fictions and...)
A delightful collection of seventy miniature fictions and comics riffing on the theme of happiness, The Great Happiness offers a series of lively antidotes to the current climate of doom.
Farrant was educated at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria.
Farrant is the author of fourteen collections of satirical and philosophical short fiction, a novel-length memoir, My Turquoise Years, a book of essays/humour, The Secret Lives of Litterbugs, a novel, The Strange Truth About Us, and her stage adaptation of My Turquoise Years which premiered on April 10, 2013 at the Arts Club Theatre’s Granville Island Stage in Vancouver for a subsequent run of thirty-seven performances.
The World Afloat - Miniatures, part 1 in a trilogy of miniature fiction, was published by Talonbooks in 2014 and won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for 2014. Part 2, The Days, was published by Talonbooks in 2016 and was a finalist for both the Victoria Butler Book Prize and the Relit Award. Part 3, The Great Happiness, will appear from Talon in the Spring of 2009.
A full-time writer currently residing in North Saanich, B.C., her work has been nominated for many awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, The Van City Book Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the National Magazine Awards, and the Gemini Awards for the Bravo adaptation of her story, Rob’s Guns & Ammo. As well, she has been awarded a number of writing grants from the Canada Council and the B.C. Arts Council. She is a regular book reviewer for the Vancouver Sun and the Toronto Globe & Mail.
The Ottawa Citizen has called Farrant “One of the best humourists in the land.” BC Bookworld has called her “Canada’s most acerbic and intelligent humourist.”
(The Jonathan Swift of the bingo hall and elder-care, the ...)2007
(Who doesn't read their daily horoscope, searching for gui...)2016
(A three-part novel-length work of prose fragments, snippe...)2011
(A delightful collection of seventy miniature fictions and...)2019
(In The World Afloat, a series of seventy-five "miniatures...)2014
(Throughout her childhood, Marion Farrant heard exotic sto...)2004
(With its deadpan humour and wry sensibilities, Altered St...)1995
(This brilliant collection of satirical short stories expl...)2003
(A woman whose husband keeps himself locked in a closet tr...)1993
(Tart-tongued former hippie Marion narrates these 12 jaunt...)1999
(Here's what's true: Dorothy Parker eats fire, Leonard Coh...)1997
(Down the Road to Eternity: New & Selected Fiction is a co...)2009
Farrant is politically left.
Farrant’s work is infused with acerbic wit and iconoclastic innovation. As the Globe & Mail has noted, “Farrant is better at startling us with unnerving, often misanthropic, visions of everyday life than perhaps any other Canadian writer.”
Marion married Garret Coburn on January 15, 1968. The couple divorced in 1971. She married Terry Farrant on December 20, 1974. They have a son named Bill, and a daughter named Anna.