Winner of the Independent Press Award 2022 Distinguished Favorites – Anthology Winner of the 2021 NYC Big Book Award—Distinguished Favorite Anthology! Winner of the 2020 American Fiction Awards—Anthologies! Award-Winning Finalist of the 2021 International Book Awards—Fiction Anthologies! Award-Winning Finalist of the 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards—Anthologies! Award-Winning Finalist of the 2020 USA Best Book Awards—Fiction Anthologies!
Candy Floss Collection is a set of three previously released, bestselling novels: Low-Fat Love, Blue, and Film. Together these novels create an overarching message about what it truly means to live a “big life” and the kinds of relationships we need with others and ourselves along the way. This is not a trilogy. This collection can be understood as installation art. Written with humor, cultural insight, and a wink, we follow each female protagonist and cast of offbeat characters as they search for love, friendship, and a sense of self. The characters must learn to mind the gap between their lives as they are and as they wish them to be, to chase their dreams even as they stumble on their insecurities, and to never settle for low-fat love. Along the way, characters are imaged in the glow of television and movie screens, their own stories shaped and illuminated by the stories in pop culture. Set in contemporary New York and Los Angeles, with special tributes to 1980s pop culture, each book questions and celebrates the ever-changing cultural landscape against which we live our stories, frame by frame. Candy Floss Collection can be read entirely for pleasure or used as supplemental reading in a variety of courses in women’s studies/gender studies, sociology, psychology, communication, popular culture, media studies, or qualitative inquiry. The book includes further engagement for class or book club use.
Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., is an award-winning independent sociologist and best-selling author. She has published over 25 books, earning critical and commercial success in both fiction and nonfiction. Her books have been translated in numerous languages.
“Reading this collection was fascinating, as Leavy has a talent for developing this fiction as research approach, which allows readers to resonate with the stories… Like all good novels, it stays with you and promotes (self) reflection. It is impossible to shake off the stories of these women, partly because they are simple. Weeks after finishing reading the book, I find myself returning to these characters, and I realized it is because they are everyday people, facing challenges of everyday life, and portraying the diversity—and at times the impressive similarities—of the lives of women in our times.” – Journal of Autoethnography
“Candy Floss Collection is a triumphant piece of art, an exemplar of fiction as research, a highly accessible piece of public scholarship, and an engaging read. It is a significant and even game-changing work and ought to be recognized as such. I highly recommend Candy Floss Collection to arts-based researchers, general readers, and professors wishing to stimulate reflection and lively discussion.” – Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal
“Epic! Brilliant! Absolutely delicious! Candy Floss Collection is Leavy’s definitive statement… The message is an important one: we can all live “big” lives by focusing on what matters most. It will inspire you to believe in possibility in your own life, and in those around you. I don’t think you’ll ever be able to settle again.” – Laurel Richardson, Ph.D., Ohio State University
“Low-Fat Love proves the astonishing talent that Leavy possesses as both a writer and social commentator….” – U. Melissa Anyiwo, Ph.D., Curry College
“[Blue is] a joyful, inspiring and painfully beautiful novel.” – Norman Denzin, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Film… is a love letter to popular culture… yet again demonstrating Leavy’s mettle as a masterful writer of fiction.” – Alexandra Lasczik, Ph.D., Southern Cross University