Wit's End


90 pages
ISBN 1-55128-097-3
DDC C811'.54





Reviewed by Lynne Perras

Lynne Perras teaches communication arts at the University of Calgary.


In this book version of her one-woman show, standup comic Sandra Shamas
chronicles the physical and emotional journey upon which she embarked
after the dissolution of her marriage. With humour ranging from black to
slapstick to satire, she describes her transformation from urban wife to
single resident of a farmhouse appropriately named Wit’s End.

Shamas deals with topics with which many readers can identify. She
questions her choice of career and considers a change. Her friendships
with other women sustain and heal her after her divorce. After moving to
the country, she experiences culture shock, both in terms of
understanding the noises of the wilderness and the subtle rules and
traditions of a rural community. She and her mother reconcile after a
long and painful estrangement.

Shamas is one of Canada’s top female humorists. Those who missed her
performance of this entertaining and highly personal monologue will
enjoy the book.


Shamas, Sandra., “Wit's End,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 26, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/9973.