Reading Becoming Lin reminded me of discovering Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room and Marge Piercy’s Small Changes. Two unapologetically feminist novels which I felt had poured out of my own heart into some other writer’s story. I inhaled these books, and I felt the same sense of intense recognition and kindred-spirit-ness in Tricia Dower’s newest […]
All published in the season which would make them eligible for this year’s Giller Prize, the kaleidoscope of covers for 2016 is now available on Pinterest, a text-based collection here.
They had me at list-making, but also there are prizes, for lucky list-makers (rules, here). The images link to the publisher’s […]
It begins with a body. And with short chapters, told from a variety of perspectives, guaranteed to create strong pacing.
Blown Red is the first in the Signy Shepherd mysteries ,and it introduces readers to the series’ star, as well as some of the other key personnel working on the Line.
One stop on the Line is relatively visible […]
A white elephant was historically bestowed as a burden which had the outward appearance of a gift; a courtier charged with its care and upkeep would have a beautiful creature to display, but the weight of the responsibility undeniable.
Freehand Books, 2016
In Catherine Cooper’s debut novel, the question of gifts and burdens permeates the […]
It’s with a subtle touch, but Nadia Bozak solidly roots the reader in time and place.
House of Anansi, 2016
This is not an easy task, because Shell only grows to the age of seventeen in Thirteen Shells — across thirteen stories, and childhood is inherently rootless.
So the details noted must be those within a child’s […]
Although Middenrammers is set in 1970s England, it is not the England of English literature which Helene Hanff discovered in 84 Charing Cross Road.
Freehand Books, 2016
Nonetheless, the hospital which lies at the heart of the story does have a familiar air to it, for narrator and reader alike.
“Sweport Maternity had the same […]
Christopher Marlowe’s story begins and ends with a brawl, in the hands of Michelle Butler Hallett.
Goose Lane Editions, 2016
This Marlowe focuses on the final months of the playwright’s life, with his death registered as May 30, 1593.
His patron, Thomas Walsingham, openly supported his plays and verses, but they were indeed controversial, in […]
I returned to picture books when a face-to-face bookclub read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Books without pictures still outnumber the illustrated volumes in my stacks, but I am working to adjust the balance.
The Good Little Book, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Marion Arbona, will suit booklovers of all ages, and likely […]