Praise for Corked

“The end result, not unlike drinking good wine, is entertaining and just a bit intoxicating.”
National Post

“Some readers may shy away from Borel’s openness, but this book is unique precisely because it is Borel.”
Globe and Mail (read full review)

“With biting humour, unparalleled narcissism and tremendous heart, Kathryn Borel visits French wine country with her eccentric father, Philippe, to learn more about his unbridled passion. Among the revelations of their two-week sojourn are a personal tragedy and her father’s deepest, darkest secret. Corked is Canada’s funniest debut of the year; Borel is non-fiction’s new, boozy superstar.”
Eye Weekly

“Every now and again, a remarkable autobiographical tale manages to re-affirm even the most cynical reader’s faith in the power of sharing deeply personal stories. Corked, a memoir by Toronto writer Kathryn Borel Jr., is one of those books.” (read full review)

“Borel deftly captures the confusing emotions that surround parent-child relationships. A fast-paced read with nuggets of wine trivia that will appeal to anyone who has struggled to understand their parents.”
Kirkus Reviews (read full review)

“Refreshingly unsentimental, grounded … in flashes of candor and humor.”
Publishers Weekly (read full review)

“In her debut memoir, Borel unpacks a tragicomic father-daughter drinkfest through the finest French vineyards.”
Marie Claire (read full review)

“Borel has talent and charm to spare, a literary wunderkind in the making.”
Quill & Quire (read full review)

“Borel writes with plenty of humor as her father’s absurd perfectionism gives birth to many dramatically charged encounters with natives as the pair progresses about the French countryside.”

“I have some trouble with empathic embarrassment. Improv, live comedy, gymnastics, figure skating, awards shows–this is just a short listof things that result in a screaming pain through the centre of my hands. It’s always worth it in the end, the jubliation and intense relief of seeing the person emerge safely on the other side, if not entirely unscathed. The point being, I’m surprised I could even hold this book. And yet, I can’t stop talking about it.”
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