Mazo de la Roche’s Return to Jalna (1956)

2018-08-16T16:16:01-05:00

It’s been sixteen years since the matriarch Adeline died and her namesake is both daring enough to strip down and swim in a pool and old enough to catch the eye of a male cousin (who is perhaps a little over-interested in her bathing). But overall, Mazo de la

Mazo de la Roche’s Return to Jalna (1956)2018-08-16T16:16:01-05:00

Shadow Giller: Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed (2018)

2019-05-11T19:51:26-05:00

In Short presents a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal; In Detail focuses on one aspect of the book which I found remarkable, which might interest those who have already read the book or those with an interest in the mechanics of writing; In Other

Shadow Giller: Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed (2018)2019-05-11T19:51:26-05:00

Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes (2001)

2018-09-19T16:22:11-05:00

I heard Madeleine Thien read from this collection in 2001 in a small library theatre in London, Ontario; I recall that she was very gracious and spoke of being honoured to appear with the other women who were reading that night. (I heard Joan Barfoot, Bonnie Burnard and Jane

Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes (2001)2018-09-19T16:22:11-05:00

Carianne Leung’s That Time I Loved You (2018)

2018-11-30T20:48:09-05:00

June is at the heart of this collection of stories; she is the link, the thread of light through a series of dark scenes. She is our guide to the ‘burbs: “The picture perfect suburban dream with the groomed lawns, nine-to-five jobs, 2.5 children kind of places. Domino effect.

Carianne Leung’s That Time I Loved You (2018)2018-11-30T20:48:09-05:00

Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight (2018)

2018-08-02T16:41:25-05:00

If The Cat’s Table (2011) was a slow and steady unravelling of a young boy’s memories, yarn taut and tidy, Warlight is a mass of moth-eaten fragments, remnants of a finely-crafted woollen garment pulled from a trunk. A thing of beauty, yes, but the devastation is the first thing

Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight (2018)2018-08-02T16:41:25-05:00