Ann-Marie MacDonald: Adult Onset (1917 words)


In the spring of 2014, months before the publication of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s third novel, Adult Onset, the author penned a speech for The Law Society of Upper Canada, which was later turned into an article for The Globe and Mail. In that article, MacDonald meditates on two issues: first, on her position as a lesbian woman, legally married and co-parent to an eleven-year-old child; and, second, on what she calls the “Roadrunner-Wile E. Coyote-sized canyon” between her own parents’ early angry response to the news that she was gay and their current attitude of proud support (MacDonald, “Love”). Some of the details in the article, including a description of her mother’s “…

Citation: Gordon, Neta. "Adult Onset". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2020 [, accessed 28 October 2021.]

38939 Adult Onset 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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