Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012)

2018-06-20T17:21:57+00:00

“Those assholes again? Nah, he said. So I knew his aunt or Elwin had done it.” Violence permeates Joe’s life. It simmers beneath the surface of every single day. But in The Round House it erupts, nearly eclipses every other aspect of life for awhile. Something happens to his

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012) 2018-06-20T17:21:57+00:00

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017)

2017-11-17T17:23:26+00:00

Boundaries and borders, between countries and between stages of life: Andrée A. Michaud's Boundary darts across the dotted lines, back and forth, sedately in one moment and chillingly the next. Because the story revolves around the murders of two young women in the small community of Bondrée, questions of

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017) 2017-11-17T17:23:26+00:00

Tanya Talaga’s Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City

2017-11-28T10:54:11+00:00

Nominated for the Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction in Canada, Tanya Talaga's book explores the situation which led to the deaths of seven Indigenous high school students in the Thunder Bay area, five of them in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior. The sense of northern community which might be

Tanya Talaga’s Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City 2017-11-28T10:54:11+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

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

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

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

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