Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011)


Nothing really happens. Here, the "main event is simply a view of the water". So Ruby's story should not be a page-turner. But, in fact, The Town that Drowned is a coming-of-age story with a curious momentum. No single element is responsible: character and voice, setting and structure, all work

Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (2011)2016-11-10T10:58:28-05:00

Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game (2006)


Rawi Hage has said that De Niro's Game began as a short story. A short story that continued to grow. "I finally, out of nowhere, had a novel on my hands and I sent it to a few places and I got a few responses." The scenic construction does remind

Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game (2006)2020-05-21T16:06:48-05:00

Reading Jane Urquhart


A quick glance at my bookshelves and you would think that Jane Urquhart is one of my favourite authors. I have all of her novels save one -- a couple of hardcovers purchased new -- but I have a habit of leaving them unfinished. Nonetheless, the themes she pursues in

Reading Jane Urquhart2014-03-13T20:28:27-05:00

Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues (1996)


Sherman Alexie's Reservation Blues Warner Books, 1996. Thomas tried to hide the salmon behind his back, but the guitar saw it. "We're plannin' on burnin' me up?" the guitar asked. "Yeah," Thomas said. He could not lie. The guitar laughed."That's all right," the guitar said. "You eat your fish. I'll

Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues (1996)2014-03-09T18:52:16-05:00

Spelling it out: Michael Crummey’s Galore


Michael Crummey's Galore Doubleday- Random House, 2009 Yes, it's true: I have fallen under another bookspell. Unlike the two instances of this earlier in my reading year, with Sarah Waters and Hiromi Goto, this is with an author I haven't read before: Michael Crummey. And perhaps it is because I am

Spelling it out: Michael Crummey’s Galore2014-03-09T18:47:47-05:00
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