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Stephanie Jane Reviews Joe Fiorito’s Rust is a Form of Fire

Guernica author Joe Fiorito’s book Rust is a Form of Fire was recently reviewed by Stephanie Jane as part of Sophie and Suze’s NetGalley Challenge. Stephanie Jane states that she “would love to recommend Rust is a Form of Fire to anyone who enjoys contemporary poetry, impressions of travel or the ever popular pastime of people-watching. Especially to the people-watchers!”

Rust is a Form of Fire draws from Joe Fiorito’s observations gathered during 18 hours, over the course of three days, on the corner of Victoria and Queen in downtown Toronto watching the city go by. These recordings are used to produce an objective portrait of the city of Toronto and its various rhythms. Stephanie Jane admits that she was originally drawn to the book for “its wonderfully weird title”, and although the book is based on a “bizarre premise”, she states “I thought that it worked beautifully and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every word.” She points out how Fiorito’s “prose itself is practically poetry”, and that the book maintains “a gentle thread of humor running through the observations, mainly due to the repetitive mimicking nature of people.” Stephanie Jane also asserts that despite the fact that “it was easy to imagine myself into Fiorito’s shoes”, Rust is a Form of Fire nevertheless leaves the reader pondering, “Do we really all wear such a limited range of clothing and shoes? Is our ebb and flow so predictable? Does everyone in a city buy takeout coffee?”

Joe Fiorito writes for the Toronto Star newspaper. He was the winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Columns in 1995, and is also the author of five books, including a best-selling memoir, The Closer We Are to Dying. His novel, The Song Beneath the Ice, won the City of Toronto Book Award in 2003.

To read Stephanie Jane’s review of Rust is a Form of Fire, you can visit her website at:

http://stephjb.blogspot.co.uk

To read more about Joe Fiorito, you can visit the Guernica Editions website at:

http://www.guernicaeditions.com/author/567

To read more about Rust is a Form of Fire, you can visit the Guernica Editions website at:

http://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781550719277

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