Fake It So Real

WINNER of the 2021 ReLit Award in the novel category!!

Finalist for the 2021 BC and Yukon Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize!!

Fake It So Real takes on the fallout from a punk-rock lifestyle—the future of “no future”—and its effects on the subsequent generations of one family. This novel weaves a raw and honest tapestry of family life as told from the underbelly, focused on the grey area between right and wrong, the idea that we are all equally culpable and justified in our actions, and the pain and ecstasy that accompany a life lived authentically. 

“This book reached into my throat just to tear out my heart and play hacky sack with it. Bravo!” – Paige, Goodreads

“The stories feel inhabited, the people recognizably flawed and struggling. [Sanford Blades] is refreshingly frank and unsentimental in her execution. Her language is full of verve and humour.” – Steven Beattie, That Shakespearean Rag

“She writes some sentences that you’ve never read before, will never read again, are weird, and yet immediately land. *chef’s kiss*” – Heather, Goodreads

“I will no longer look at or think of Plutos’ Diner the same again. I will be recommending this over and over again. If I could wear this book, I would. Just. Brilliant. I can’t wait for more.” @bookedinvictoria (Instagram)


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Bookstores that carry Fake It So Real:

Vancouver Island: Munro’s Books, Bolen Books, Ivy’s Bookshop, and

(copies always available, signed, with love) Community Salons in Victoria, Tanner’s Books in Sidney, Salamander Books in Ladysmith

Gulf Islands: Talisman Books & Gallery on Pender Island

Mainland BC: Iron Dog Books in Vancouver, Talewind Books in Sechelt

Yukon: Mac’s Fireweed Books in Whitehorse

Alberta: Glass Bookshop in Edmonton, Pages on Kensington in Calgary, Shelf Life Books in Calgary

Ontario: Another Story Bookshop in Toronto, The Bookshelf Cafe in Guelph

Some libraries that carry Fake It So Real:

Greater Victoria Public Library, Vancouver Island Regional Library, Vancouver Public Library, Edmonton Public Library, Calgary Public Library, Saskatoon Public Library, Regina Public Library, Toronto Public Library, Halifax Public Library, Yukon Public Libraries

Please do not purchase the book from Amazon. Amazon destroys the publishing industry, it destroys local independent book shops, and it destroys community.