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I Become a Delight to My Enemies

I Become a Delight to My Enemies

by Sara Peters
  • critically-acclaimed
  • from-the-atlantic-canada

An experimental fiction, I Become a Delight to My Enemies uses many different voices and forms to tell the stories of the women who live in an uncanny Town, uncovering their experiences of shame, fear, cruelty and transcendence.

Sara Peters combines poetry and short prose vignettes to create a singular, unflinching portrait of a Town in which the lives of girls and women are shaped by the brutality meted upon them and by their acts of defiance and yearning towards places of safety and belonging.

Through lucid detail, sparkling imagery and illumination, Peters’ individual characters and the collective of The Town leap vividly, fully formed off the page.

A hybrid in form, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is an awe-inspiring example of the exquisite force of words to shock and to move, from a writer of exceptional talent and potential.


Sara Peters, author

Sara Peters was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and lives in Toronto. She completed an MFA at Boston University, and was a Stegner fellow at Stanford. Her work has appeared in Slate, The Threepenny Review and Poetry magazine. Her first book is 1996.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Penguin Random House Canada



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: Adult

number of pages: 144

publication date: 05/14/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book