Whitney Scharer’s The Age of Light (2019)

2019-03-29T12:44:42-05:00

When Whitney Scharer describes her goal in writing The Age of Light, I’m all in. She wants “to present Lee as the complicated woman she was: beautiful and talented, of course, but also flawed and fragile, and it was more important to me to get this right than to

Whitney Scharer’s The Age of Light (2019)2019-03-29T12:44:42-05:00

Difficult Stories, Difficult Narrators: Five Novels

2016-11-06T10:20:27-05:00

Conflicted: that describes my first impressions after meeting Pillow in Andrew Battershill's Giller-nominated novel of the same name,and it also describes his perspective on the world. It's hard to be Pillow, to see all the angles which converge and diverge simultaneously on any single thought he has. For instance: "Pillow

Difficult Stories, Difficult Narrators: Five Novels2016-11-06T10:20:27-05:00

Mark Lavorato’s Serafim and Claire (2014)      

2014-12-08T08:25:58-05:00

Mark Lavorato’s debut novel is aptly titled as the novel is equally divided between these two characters, a young woman who dances on stage and a young man who takes photographs on the streets. Through them, readers experience Montreal of the 1920s, from vaudeville to fascism, and women’s rights to

Mark Lavorato’s Serafim and Claire (2014)      2014-12-08T08:25:58-05:00

Elise Juska’s The Blessings (2014)

2014-05-28T09:44:33-05:00

As an only child, my fascination with large families in fiction stretches back to the Marches, the Moffats and the All-of-a-Kinds. More recently, Jennifer Close's The Smart One and Jami Attenberg's The Middlesteins catapulted me into chaotic family-soaked gatherings (the latter was one of my favourite reads in 2013). Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group,

Elise Juska’s The Blessings (2014)2014-05-28T09:44:33-05:00

Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)

2014-06-26T15:05:17-05:00

Like Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, Alice Hoffman's novel begins from a place of belonging. Scribner - Simon & Schuster, 2014 Coralie is a professional mermaid in early twentieth-century Coney Island, who grows up with the Wolfman and various other characters who seem to step from the pages of

Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)2014-06-26T15:05:17-05:00
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