For the first time, bestselling novelist, columnist, and humorist Lesley Crewe’s finest newspaper columns are collected in one place.
Not merely razor-sharp, Lesley’s wit is also ocean wide, taking in everything from the humiliations of breast pumping to the indignities of ageing, from the frantic excess of holiday preparations to the homey irritations of a long marriage.
As precise in her observations as Jane Austen and as fractious on occasion as Oscar the Grouch, Crewe also has a sweet, tender centre, taking us from a hearty laugh to a good cry in a single paragraph. Readers will relate to Crewe’s ache at missing her mom, her nostalgia for her childhood, her frustrations at raising teenagers, and her impatience for terrible parking lot etiquette in equal measure. The book spans sixteen years’ worth of columns for The Cape Bretoner Magazine, Cahoots Magazine, and The Chronicle Herald.
Are You Kidding Me?! is a side-splitting, heartwarming, Cape Breton–flavoured celebration of the little things.
Lesley Crewe writes a column, Are You Kidding Me? for The Chronicle Herald. Her latest book, Are You Kidding Me? is a collection of those columns. She was a screenwriter for the movie, Relative Happiness, (2015), based on her first novel of the same name. She is the author of eleven books. Her first novel was short-listed for the Margaret and John Savage First book award in 2006 and her novel, Mary Mary was long-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award (2017). She lives in Cape Breton with her retired husband, and elderly cat, since her miserable children left home without a backward glance.