Amitav Ghosh’s The Ibis Trilogy (2008; 2011; 2015)

2018-06-20T18:00:48-05:00

Can you be trusted to finish a series? My track record with them is spotty, at best. But I'm working hard to improve my reputation. This year, I started and finished reading Amitav Ghosh's trilogy, each volume over 500 pages (but the page-turning sort of pages). Hopefully the other

Amitav Ghosh’s The Ibis Trilogy (2008; 2011; 2015)2018-06-20T18:00:48-05:00

Alison Watt’s Dazzle Patterns (2017)

2017-10-25T13:21:19-05:00

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)2017-10-25T13:21:19-05:00

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing

2019-05-11T19:52:22-05:00

Each of these books is penned by an indigenous writer, each considers a great loss, each is powerful on its own terms. Together their stories resonate and amplify readers' understanding of a vitally important issue. Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau's novel Winter Child appears to be the simpler tale. One woman's

Winter Child and Firewater: A Perfect Pairing2019-05-11T19:52:22-05:00

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write

2017-10-06T09:57:19-05:00

If you've glanced at the union regulations for Native writers, you'd have seen this one coming: Eden Robinson explains that it's a requirement. "It’s also a union regulation as a Native writer that you have to write a Trickster story at least once." (This is from an interview by

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write2017-10-06T09:57:19-05:00

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)

2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00

The dead fuel Jesmyn Ward's novels. She feels the weight of their stories; she shoulders them, shares them. In Sing, Unburied, Sing, their chorus of voices - even in the epigraphs but also in the novel - reverberates between and beyond the covers. Ward's are heart-shattering stories. But they

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)2017-09-07T17:04:14-05:00