Cristina Henriquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans (2014)
Bond Street Books – Random House, 2014
It’s risky, fragmenting narration into a large number of voices, but it’s the perfect format for a novel about the experiences of newcomers to the United States, who can have an astonishing variety of experiences.
Readers might expect to [...]
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Hour Nineteen: Update, BIP Snack: There might be something sweet. Mixed with whiskey. This might mean things are winding up. More of a tendency towards napping as the [...]
It’s possible that my favourite part of read-a-thon-ing lies in assembling the stacks. Perhaps not only possible. Perhaps probable.
It’s certain that my favourite part of assembling a stack of books lies in the dreaming. Last year I successfully completed a record amount of NOT reading on Dewey’s autumn weekend.
But I have allowed myself [...]
In 1992, Jevrem lived through the siege of Sarajevo and Katja Rudolph’s novel considers the impact of such trauma, which extends far beyond national borders. He develops fervent opinions and beliefs based on his early experiences and the events witnessed in his family, ensuing losses and severences.
“What was wrong with [...]
Gordon Henderson’s Man in the Shadows (2014)
“As he helped her into the carriage, Agnes Macdonald whispered demurely, “I can lean on no other arm like yours.” Macdonald sat back contentedly and called out to the driver, “Buckley, take us to the office.”
It would have been simple, the man across the [...]
Like Sharon Butala in Perfection of the Morning (1994) and Candace Savage in The Geography of Blood (2012), Theresa Kishkan explores the relationship between landscape and memory.
Goose Lane Editions, 2011
The essays in Mnemonic are titled in two ways, first with the Latin name for a tree and, second, with a reference to [...]
Each of the novels below is, in the right reader’s hands, a pageturner. Each of the authors will also appear at this year’s IFOA. Whether you attend, or read, or both: enjoy!
Random House of Canada, 2014
Linda Holeman’s The Devil on Her Tongue (2014) The heart of Linda Holeman’s novel is Diamantina and [...]
Partly because I am addicted to reading lists and partly because I have discovered many of my favourite writers because their names appeared on various literary prizelists (long or short or eligible), I look forward to this time of year, in hopes of discovering new favourites.
ECW Press, 2013
When I see the name [...]
Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland (2013)
“Naxalbari is an inspiration. It’s an impetus for change.”
One brother in Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is a member of the Naxalbari movement, Udayan. His involvement with the far-left radical Communist group in Calcutta vitally impacts the entire family, even Subhash, who leaves for the United States in [...]
“Bad coffee can only keep you company for so long at four a.m. in a bus depot.”
Caitlin Press, 2014
All of the characters in Janine Alyson Young’s debut collection seem as though they would immediately recognize the truth of that. They all seem to have a spot of the drifter in them, even [...]