Karen Molson’s The Company of Crows (2016)

2017-07-20T17:43:39-05:00

It might seem to be, at first glance, a quintessential CanLit passage, a poetic description of the natural world. Linda Leith Publishing, 2016 But the opening passage of The Company of Crows reveals more about Karen Molson's debut novel, than one might think. "Thin grey lines fan out across the

Karen Molson’s The Company of Crows (2016)2017-07-20T17:43:39-05:00

Malcolm Sutton’s Job Shadowing (2016)

2016-07-08T11:34:53-05:00

If it's true, that “new thoughts only happen at the edge of what we already know”, then Malcolm Sutton's Job Shadowing has provided me with plenty of new thoughts. Book Thug, 2016 Job Shadowing is a novel which pools at the edges of the shape that I recognize as fiction. It would be

Malcolm Sutton’s Job Shadowing (2016)2016-07-08T11:34:53-05:00

Joni Murphy’s Double Teenage (2016)

2016-06-16T19:23:24-05:00

Celine and Julie are negotating the borders of girlhood, wandering back and forth across dotted lines and territories both more and less available to them as the years pass. They trade L.M. Montgomery's girlhood classics for "Law and Order" and Our Bodies, Ourselves, while readers follow in their footsteps in narratives which alternately

Joni Murphy’s Double Teenage (2016)2016-06-16T19:23:24-05:00

Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook (2016)

2017-07-24T15:23:15-05:00

It's clear from the beginning: one might long for escape from this narrative, might opt for a bloody end rather than endure more misery. House of Anansi, 2016 "No one but a fool could look so happy in a miserable house, could they? The mice here probably throw

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John Bart’s Middenrammers (2016)

2016-06-04T15:04:07-05:00

Although Middenrammers is set in 1970s England, it is not the England of English literature which Helene Hanff discovered in 84 Charing Cross Road. Freehand Books, 2016 Nonetheless, the hospital which lies at the heart of the story does have a familiar air to it, for narrator and reader

John Bart’s Middenrammers (2016)2016-06-04T15:04:07-05:00