Capital Daily Good News Fridays Podcast: Fake It So Real: Victoria Author’s First Novel is an Award-Winner. With Emily Vance. September 17, 2021

Writing the Coast: BC & Yukon Book Prizes Podcast: S 3, Episode 9: Susan Sanford Blades talks about mother-daughter relationships in Fake It So Real. With Megan Cole. July 31, 2021

CBC Radio One Victoria: On the Island with Gregor Craigie. Gregor Craigie spoke with Victoria author Susan Sanford Blades on her new novel, Fake It So Real, set in the Victorian punk scene of the 80s. March 10, 2021

Get Lit: E221 with Susan Sanford Blades. With Jamie Tennant. February 11, 2021


Capital Daily: Victoria-based Susan Sanford Blades’s debut novel, Fake It So Real, earns awards and nominations. By Emily Fagan. September 17, 2021

That Shakespearean Rag: No future, or the submerged punk ethos of Susan Sanford Blades’s Fake It So Real. A review by Steven W. Beattie. April 27, 2021

BC BookWorld: Vol. 35, Issue 1. Review and interview by Alexander Varty. Article is on p. 26. Spring, 2021

EDify: Author Q&A: Susan Sanford Blades’s New Book Casts an Eye to 1990s Edmonton. By Steven Sandor. January 25, 2021

The Amateurs Project: For the love of crust fiction: An interview with Susan Sanford Blades. By Hannah Macready. December 16, 2020.

Pickle Me This: Fake It So Real, by Susan Sanford Blades. By Kerry Clare. November 5, 2020

Nexus: Local author channels ‘punk rock Alice Munro’ with debut book. By Nicholas Ihmels. November 2, 2020.


“[T]he book’s complicated and messy depiction of motherhood and womanhood, women who chafe at the limits of ‘wife’ and transgress them [makes it like] Alice Munro, but … punk? … This is not a story of happily ever after, but instead one of hardscrabble and losing, fucking up over and over again. … it’s also just really good, crafted with care and precision. … a book whose effort never shows, whose seams and joints are invisible. It just works, and as a reader, it’s such a pleasure to submit to a book that’s so well constructed. … Fake It So Real manages to be not a glorification of counterculture or a condemnation of it either. This is not a book that comes with an agenda, except to tell a story of love and family that is achingly real.”

Kerry Clare, author of Waiting for a Star to Fall

“One could say that Susan Sanford Blades writes with a unique edgy freshness that breaks the rules and blows the mind in the most satisfying way, but that wouldn’t be diving deep enough. This book broke my heart over and over again, and I relished in the breaking. It feels like my life—even though it doesn’t resemble my life in its events at all, it FEELS like life feels. The emotional veracity, the deep and tabled history of inherited trauma—the way trauma doesn’t register as trauma because of its numbing/truncating impact on us. I fell in love with each of these broken and breaking women, so skillfully, artfully, deliciously rendered—so real. Fake It So Real is a must-must-must read. You’ll want to recommend it to everyone. You’ll wear it like an aura for days afterwards.”

Kyeren Regehr, author of Cult Life

“Tender and lacerating. A jolt and a thump. Reading this book is a downright bodily experience.” 

Zoey Leigh Peterson, author of Next Year, For Sure

“This is it. Nobody rocks a sentence like Susan Sanford Blades. Precise and furious at the same time, her writing thrums with the pure energies of sex and music, deep longing and deeper love. This family, these girls and these women, their lives are not like the ones you read about in Alice Munro, but this art is the same: vital, honest and unafraid.”

Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting

“Susan Sanford Blades is a discovery. … She spanks out line after quotable line as if she speaks in aphorisms. … Sentences carved out of the ether but anchored in an incredibly convincing, grubby, and hilariously inept reality.” 

Douglas GloverNuméro Cinq

“Edgy, raw writing, unflinching in its portrayal of the dysfunctional legacy of one family. The brilliant first chapter, ‘Poseurs,’ got me hooked.”

Tricia Dower, author of Becoming Lin, Stony River, and Silent Girl

“An honest and raw read that tackled issues of abandonment, artistry, alcoholism, divorce, and all things unrequited with shots of wit, anarchy and wisdom.”

Ali Bryan, author of Roost, The Figgs, and The Hill


“Her characters are real, raw and intriguing. Not far into the book I felt I knew them all personally.” – Olga (Goodreads)

“My favourite love stories are impossible love stories and Fake It So Real is rich with all varieties of them. … It’s some rich, intergenerational exploration and it is so, so good.” @carlyisreading (Instagram)

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

“This was uncomfortably honest enough to make me squirm and beautiful enough to make my heart ache at the same time.” – Casey (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)

“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)