When I first heard that well-known children’s author wrote a novel for adults I was curious to say the least. A fan of her children’s work and starting with children’s literature but moving to adult myself I knew I needed to read Kiss the Joy as it Flies.
So I did but not after I heard a lot of controversy over the main character Mercy Beth Fanjoy. It seems Fitch’s readers either hated this character or loved her – I adored her and her seemingly infinite wisdom about all that is life. The controversy, the discussions at a workshop Sheree Fitch hosted and the overall perception of this book only made it more enticing.
Kiss the Joy As It Flies follows Mercy as she is diagnosed with a possible cancer. This tale offers the reader humour in time of devastation while Mercy tries to complete a list she created which included being given her father’s suicide note her mother has but won’t admit to. Also on the list: complete and publish her first book ( no easy task for anyone), have relations with “the Animal man”, belly dance and so many more. Although I won’t spoil any of what does or doesn’t happen this book is a must read for anyone who understands that life is worth living and for anyone who will ultimately die.
My only question after finishing this book is why anyone would wait to create their list, which is sometimes referred to as a bucket list, until they are told they may die soon. We all my die soon, that’s the tragedy of death – we never know when it’ll greet us, so get out and do what you love because no matter when you die life is too short.
Read Kiss the Joy as it Flies and you’ll understand what I’m so fired up about.
I promise you’ll laugh, and cry, and either hate or love Mercy Beth Fanjoy but no matter what you’ll enjoy this book and it will help you complete your life before it’s too late.
Thanks for reading,