Sheree Fitch



Kiss the Joy

"...a wonderful read: warm and wise, funny and sad, with a rich cast of characters."
Will Ferguson

"Mercy Beth Fanjoy is a great - wise and sexy, extremely funny, full of determination, desire and grit, unflinching in the face of sadness. This book is a joy ride."
Lisa Moore

"I loved, loved, loved this book."
Lesley Crewe

"An engaging character, Mercy is compellingly drawn and charmingly flawed."
Globe and Mail

"Fitch succeeds in presenting characters that remind us of the humour that exists in our messy, everyday lives."
Winnipeg Free Press

"Highly readable, emotional and humorous..."
Fredericton Daily Gleaner


Vagrant Press (Nimbus), Canada















Kiss the Joy as it Flies

“A marvelously funny dark irreverent novel...”
                                           Meg Wolitzer

Panic-stricken by the news that she needs exploratory surgery, forty-eight year-old Mercy Beth Fanjoy drafts a to do list to put her messy life in order.

It includes: hiding the vibrator; uncovering the identity of her secret admirer; reconnecting with long-lost friend and rival Teeny Gaudet; and, most importantly, getting her hands on the note her father left before committing suicide all those years ago.

But tidying up the edges of her life means the past comes rushing back to haunt her and the present keeps throwing up more to do’s.

Between fits of weeping and laughter, ranting and bliss, Mercy must contemplate the meaning of life in the face of her own death. In a week filled with the riot of an entire life, nothing turns out the way she expected. 

Award-winning writer Sheree Fitch is the author of twenty-three books for young people. A popular presenter at literary festivals, libraries, and conferences, Fitch has received two honorary doctorates. Kiss the Joy as it Flies, a bestseller in Canada, launches Fitch’s career writing novels for adults.

Sheree Fitch lives in Washington, D.C.

Shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour