Although some of the characters in the Margaret Millar mysteries I have read answer their own phones, many answer other people’s phones instead: the telephones of older or more privileged relatives or those of their bosses. There’s even a switchboard operator in the mix, along with a woman better known for not answering calls at […]
In interview with Mark Medley in September, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses his new book, Here I Am, in such a way that it’s clear it feels distinct from his other writing for him.
Hamish Hamilton – PRH, 2016
Many of the attendees are carrying copies of his earlier books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely […]
For a love of birds with wings, especially parrots.
“But what did happen to Adam and Eve? Did they hollow out the Tree of Knowledge, make a canoe and then paddle east to Europe? Fnyeh. Not these Heyerdahls. But, if there ever were an Adam and Eve, who knows where they went? Maybe they were Indios—or […]
The Boston Globe called her fiction “Pacific Northwest Gothic” and her latest novel, The Spawning Grounds, fits that description well.
She made a splash on Canadian readers’ stacks since The Cure for Death by Lightning was shortlisted for the Giller Prize (A Recipe for Bees was also nominated for the Giller, and there have been other […]
With a lengthy TBR, it’s sometimes difficult to finish reading a series: this year, with trilogies, I am exercising my completion muscles. Earlier this year, I went back and reread the initial volume of Margaret Drabble’s Thatcher trilogy and Judith Kerr’s Out of the Hitler Time trilogy, and then finished the other two volumes in each. Then […]
Sun-Mi Hwang’s The Hen Who Believed She Could Fly was a runaway bestseller for its Korean author, who had previously published more than 50 books and was surprised to find her work such a phenomenon, not only in Korea but beyond.
Abacus – Hachette, 2016
The Dog Who Dared to Dream is poised to experience […]
If a story’s beginning looks at its reflection in a room made of mirrors, does it see its own beginning-self reflected back? Or is the reflection actually the story’s ending?
Hamish Hamilton, 2016
This is the kind of question that I can imagine keeps Jay Hosking up late at night. The characters in Three […]
It might seem to be, at first glance, a quintessential CanLit passage, a poetic description of the natural world.
Linda Leith Publishing, 2016
But the opening passage of The Company of Crows reveals more about Karen Molson’s debut novel, than one might think.
“Thin grey lines fan out across the earthscape like a gigantic, tattered spiderweb. […]
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 […]