Think there’s nothing in common between this year’s Giller Prize winner and Mélanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel series?
Take this quote from Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing: “You can only be vigilant, she thought, about a few things at a time. Otherwise it’s not vigilance anymore. It starts to be more like panic.”
Mélanie Watt takes her friend, [...]
“I’ve invented lives. The man with the drum never told me about himself. I wove a story from his gnarled hands and his bent back. He mumbled to himself in an ancient, distant language. I acted like I knew all about him. The man I invented – I loved him. And the other lives I [...]
The third volume in the Nina Borg series by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis builds upon the successful elements of the first two novels and adds an historical element to the plot which makes the story even more satisfying.
Nina is a complicated character who challenges the conventional expectations of a devoted wife and mother while [...]
Nina Borg’s first appearance in The Boy in the Suitcase introduces her as a sensitive and determined nurse, willing to set aside her own convenience to meet the needs of others.
Invisible Murder also demonstrates this quality of her character, but readers are forced to recognize that the way in which Nina overlooked the needs of [...]
The Nina Borg mysteries are rooted in relationships, beginning with this first volume in the series.
There are crimes, yes. And the plot unfolds in matter-of-fact prose, which is designed to build tension and suspense.
2008; Trans. Lena KaaberbølSoho Press, 2010
But ulitmately these stories are about the methodical assemby of truths which are [...]
The evening in the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library begins with a sincere expression of enthusiasm on the part of the interviewer, introducing and welcoming the author.
Not rote expression of interest or distant admiration, but a sense of true excitement as Jared Bland takes his seat, and the author of The Goldfinch [...]
As the writer for HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme”, George Pelecanos’ reputation is impeccable.
His style is succinct, polished. And he is as skilled at drawing intense, vivid scenes as he is at casting a wide story arc, allowing characterization to take centre stage.
His Lucas Spero mysteries showcase all of these talents.
The first [...]
Setting Mary Swan’s novella The Deep alongside her recent novel My Ghosts, the blues in their covers are rich and varied.
The cover of one features statuary, a feminine form, opaque but graceful; the cover of the other showcases a butterfly, luminescent and fragile.
They seem to intertwine. And one could pull a pair of [...]
Reading Craig Davidson’s Cataract City took me somewhere else.
You might think, if you have heard something of the novel, that I am about to say Niagara Falls.
But as much as the novel is about two boys’ coming-of-age in this environs, it is a study of how ‘what-came-before’ morphs and alters into ‘now’.
Duncan Diggs [...]
“There’s no backstitching in stories. Nothing can be locked in place.”
So says a character in Studio Saint-Ex, but readers of Ania Szado’s second novel might disagree; she seems to have no trouble locking a good story in place.
She began where all good stories begin, with a fascination.
In her Acknowledgments, she writes:
“To conclude [...]