This week the Bookshelf and Ebar had the pleasure of hosting author Karen Connelly, currently touring her latest novel, The Change Room. The book represents a distinct departure from her more explicitly political fiction, memoir and poetry, but make no mistake, The Change Room does not shy from the explicit nor the political.
The story centers around the life of Eliza, a successful entrepreneur, happily married with children. And yet.
Eliza's flirtatious encounter with an intriguing young woman sparks long-buried desire; soon they are sharing a fascintating, sensual journey together.
The most striking aspect of The Change Room isn't the sex itself but rather its unapologetic nature. Connelly's book is like the best kind of lover, generous and without shame - a refreshing antedote to the time-honoured tradition of punishing those (women) who seek pleasure.
Karen Houle, a scholar and poet with the U of G, joined Ms. Connelly on stage to discuss sexual politics and passion. You can view the lively conversation below: