Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind (2016)

2017-07-24T14:51:11+00:00

The title of her second novel might well have been a discarded option for her debut; Riel Nason is back in familiar territory: the intersection between memory and identity, the line between mysticism and madness, and sibling bonds in a coming-of-age tale. Goose Lane, 2016 Now it is 1977

Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind (2016) 2017-07-24T14:51:11+00:00

Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011)

2016-11-10T10:58:28+00:00

Nothing really happens. Here, the "main event is simply a view of the water". So Ruby's story should not be a page-turner. But, in fact, The Town that Drowned is a coming-of-age story with a curious momentum. No single element is responsible: character and voice, setting and structure, all work

Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011) 2016-11-10T10:58:28+00:00

Darren Greer’s Advocate (2016)

2017-07-24T14:33:29+00:00

"The past presses so hard on the present, the present is badly bruised, blood brims under the skin." These lines from Brenda Shaughnessy's poem “Nachträglichkeit”* fit beautifully with Darren Greer's new novel, Advocate: Not only because much of Advocate is preoccupied with memory, with what the characters carry with them

Darren Greer’s Advocate (2016) 2017-07-24T14:33:29+00:00

Quarterly Stories: Autumn 2016

2016-11-07T11:59:15+00:00

Only ten this year, so far. Without my Alice Munro project to steer me, I am not reading as many short story collections now. Over the summer, I read Cherie Dimaline's A Gentle Habit (2015) as part of All Lit Up's summer bookclub. Dimaline is a member of the Georgian

Quarterly Stories: Autumn 2016 2016-11-07T11:59:15+00:00

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI (RIPXI): Novels 2016

2016-10-26T12:53:26+00:00

When I picked up Cherie Priest's I Am Princess X, it was on the advice of a trusted bookseller for a (then) thirteen-year-old friend of mine. Then an older reading friend raved about it too. At last, I picked it up, and was pleased to find it was my first

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI (RIPXI): Novels 2016 2016-10-26T12:53:26+00:00