Alison Watt’s Dazzle Patterns (2017)

2017-10-25T13:21:19+00:00

The thing with an explosion is that it comes out of nowhere. And that's exactly what happens in Alison Watt's debut novel. Even though I knew that the 1917 event was at the heart of this Halifax story, I was completely absorbed in Clare and Fred's ordinary workday at

Alison Watt’s Dazzle Patterns (2017) 2017-10-25T13:21:19+00:00

And the Jailbird Speaks

2017-10-03T12:12:22+00:00

"No one wants to hear what’s going on in some jailbird’s heart now do they?" It comes near the end of the novel, but I suspect that Joel Thomas Hynes took this idea as a challenge, that that's what inspired his Giller-Prize nominated novel We'll All Be Burnt in

And the Jailbird Speaks 2017-10-03T12:12:22+00:00

Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck (2016)

2017-09-28T12:05:54+00:00

A Chevy truck, a Thermos of coffee, date squares and bologna sandwiches: I Am a Truck begins with the basics. A fishing trip which, both Agathe and Réjean  know, is not a fishing trip. Both are aware that he is lying, but it's a charade which Agathe is content

Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck (2016) 2017-09-28T12:05:54+00:00

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