Originally written after the author had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, Testament is a response to the news that Vickie Gendreau would have little time left to live: about a year.
2012; Book Thug, 2016
The novel’s translator, Aimee Wall, writes about the work, a few months after its author died, in Lemon […]
What’s interesting about each of these novels is that none fits a traditional model in the suspense genre. Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door is the closest to a conventional thriller. But even her novel spends more time on characterization and atmosphere than many loyal genre readers would tolerate.
Nonetheless, she does rely on tropes to […]
This is the award’s 42nd anniversary and the prize is announced on the evening of October 11, 2016 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library.
This year’s finalists for the 2016 Toronto Book Awards are Howard Akler’s Men of Action (a memoir), Ann Y.K. Choi’s Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety (a novel), The Ward: The Life and Loss […]
“My books aren’t romances per se; they don’t even necessarily feature happy endings any more, they just conclude with hopeful moments that allow the reader to decide whether widows have the strength to go on or divorced dads find love for a second time.”
And there is nothing romantic about the idea of serial monogamy. One cannot […]
“’What the hell makes you think,’ she said, in her most glacial voice, ‘that I am anybody’s victim?’”
Soho Press, 2016
Nina’s question, in an earlier volume of the series, is ironic in this context: The Considerate Killer begins with two blows to the back of Nina’s head and a lingering state of unconsciousness, […]
As a screenwriter and a playwright, it’s not surprising that Tracy Barone’s debut novel, Happy Family, reads like a series of scenes.
Little, Brown and Company, 2016
The first unfolds on August 5, 1962. “The pregnant girl enters the Trenton Family Clinic, looking like she parted the Red Sea to get there.”
She is as adept at sneaking […]
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. […]
In the past, I’ve made large stacks of creepy reading with the RIP challenges in mind, but I have a habit of stacking up many lovely possibilities but then choosing different books altogether later on.
Perhaps this is partly because books can surprise you and take you in unexpected directions. Many of the books in […]