Jon Chan Simpson invites readers into a world of "abductions, gunshots, commando dads, street-poet moms", a world populated by gangs and kidnapping conspiracies. "‘This thing - chinksta.’ She stumbled over the word, at first but pulled herself through it. ‘You’re worried this is all you got,’ she said. 'This is
As was the case with her first novel, Gilaine Mitchell's follow-up is set in the small town of Stirling. In her debut, Film Society, a group of women meet to watch their favourite films in the red brick house at the end of Anne Street. One of the characters in Film Society,
Henry K. Larsen -- star of Susin Nielsen's last novel -- was a savvy young fellow: "I know I can’t change my stupid red hair or my stupid freckles. But I can lower my freak flag." Tundra Books, 2015 In contrast, Stewart -- star of her most recent
A new Friday fugue, running through this month, considering the ways in which our working lives appear on the pages of novels and short stories. Some of my favourite novels spend a good amount of time considering the good amount of time that we spend in our workplaces. Joshua Ferris'
Unsurprisingly, a story named for a main character is going to be preoccupied with names and identity. It's also the first thing readers observe Queenie saying to Chrissy, when she arrives in Toronto and is met at Union Station. Her husband thinks it sounds like an animal's name, so Chrissy