Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (2014)


When a passage on page two is just breathtakingly powerful, readers’ expectations soar. It seems impossible to imagine reading beyond this passage without stopping to reread, or not reading it aloud to a friend sitting alongside, or not tapping the stranger sitting next to you, pointing and saying “Check this out”.

Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (2014)2014-10-07T15:10:37-05:00

Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows (2014)


Excerpt from Reading Journal: Knopf Canada, 2014 Last night I finished reading All My Puny Sorrows, and when I woke up this morning, I was weeping. This doesn’t reveal how the book ended, because I read more than half of it last night, half-skimming the first half that

Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows (2014)2014-10-07T15:10:00-05:00

Sean Michaels’ Us Conductors (2014)


Sean Michaels’ prose invites readers to participate in the relationship between sound and shape through the simple but beautiful language of Us Conductors. Random House of Canada, 2014 His images are simple and fresh, and they are momentarily disorienting – as beautiful things can be. “I didn’t laugh

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