Dark, cutting, and coursed through with bright flashes of humour, crystalline imagery, and razor-sharp detail, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is a gut-wrenchingly powerful, breathtakingly beautiful meditation on the violence and shame inflicted on the female body and psyche.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A hybrid of poetry and short prose, Sara Peters’ sometimes painful and sometimes funny book is a gorgeous read. I Become a Delight to My Enemies shares features with Peters’ debut, 1996: small towns, strong women, and an unflinching attention to detail. But from there, Peters’ experimental story diverges on a strange journey, pulling us into the Town, a place under the cultlike thrall of a cruel chancellor. The leader’s mistreatment of women and the subsequent fallout begs us to think about what makes a body freakish or desirable, to ourselves and others. This captivating book will stick with you.