David Adams Richards has set many works in the Miramichi, beginning with his classic trilogy (Nights Below Station Street, Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace, and For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down), so that the landscape of New Brunswick has become a character in its own right in his fiction.
Doubleday – Random [...]
The dedication to Padma Viswanathan’s second novel: For the lost, and for the living.
Random House of Canada, 2014
Therein, the reader haa a clue, for The Ever After of Ashwin Rao is equally preoccupied with losing and living.
The novel opens in 2004, on the precipice of the trial which was to address the 1985 fatal bombing [...]
On a commute during which I know I’ll have trouble concentrating, I pluck one of the mysteries from the stack.
Quercus, 2009; 2014
I’ve been discovering Peter May, Jeffrey Deaver, and Robert Galbraith this month.
Beginning with The Black House, The Bone Collector, and The Cuckoo’s Calling. Respectively.
And followed by The Lewis Man, [...]
One might say that Medicine Walk is a novel about the disconnect between a father and a son.
McClelland & Stewart, 2014
“Eldon Starlight. Franklin Starlight. Four blunt syllables conjuring nothing. When he appeared the kid would watch him and whisper his name under his breath, waiting for a hook to emerge, [...]
Sean Michaels’ prose invites readers to participate in the relationship between sound and shape through the simple but beautiful language of Us Conductors.
Random House of Canada, 2014
His images are simple and fresh, and they are momentarily disorienting – as beautiful things can be.
“I didn’t laugh but you did, a laugh like [...]
This summer is a record-reading summer; the weather has been brilliantly cooperative and I have read more this summer than, well, possibly ever in a summer before.
Perhaps not since girlhood days, when it was all about what time the library would open, whether I would have to wait until the afternoon.
Even if August is [...]
It doesn’t get much more obvious than stacking these truths on the book jacket: there it is.
Knopf Canada, 2014
The Confabulist Steven Galloway
For even though the noun more commonly associated with ‘confabulate’ is ‘confabulation’, what is most important here is not the story itself but the voice behind the story: [...]
These sentences are dappled across a two-page spread of Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer (2014), as though they are wafts of milkweed ink:
House of Anansi, 2014
“The first time I ever saw a milkweed was on the beach at Awago. I thought they were magic pods. I thought that [...]
These stories were chosen “to be read rather than merely admired, or even envied”, including five previously unpublished stories. Thirty years later, the list of contents conjures up echoes of the Giller Prize, Canada Reads, and even a Pulitzer.
Frances Itani’s “Grandmother” “And she has long known what the rest of us take the better [...]