Wendy McGrath’s Trilogy and Poetry


Spoiler: I absolutely loved Wendy McGrath’s trilogy and it’s one of my 2020 standout reading experiences. In the upcoming Winter issue of Herizons, you can read my review of Wendy McGrath’s final novel in her Edmonton trilogy, Broke City (2019). (Herizons is a Canadian feminist magazine, which I

Wendy McGrath’s Trilogy and Poetry2020-11-19T15:05:04-05:00

Three Novels that Made Me Smile


It's not impossible to find them, but if you read a lot of literary fiction, the novels which contain humour are outnumbered. Each of these books actually addresses a serious issue (or touches upon it, for Susan Juby's novel doesn't delve very deeply): global warming and habitat erosion, family farm

Three Novels that Made Me Smile2015-07-10T13:47:26-05:00

Sarah Hall’s The Wolf Border (2015)


It's an old term, 'wolf border', from the Finnish language: susiraja. The boundary betweent the capital region and the rest of the country: everything which lies beyond the border is wilderness. HarperCollins, 2015 Certainly Rachel does have to explain a lot about her scientific work with wolves beyond the

Sarah Hall’s The Wolf Border (2015)2015-07-03T09:27:42-05:00

Dennison Smith’s Eye of the Day (2014)


Look closely. HarperCollins, 2014 Things are not what they seem. Or, are more than they seem. Or, too much to bear if they are seen. Or, impossible to see. The Eye of the Day is an assured and sophisticated novel: disorienting, nourishing and powerful storytelling. (It is certainly

Dennison Smith’s Eye of the Day (2014)2020-09-30T08:26:10-05:00

A Glaswegian Tale about Hens and Murder


"Crackling with energy, assured and authoritative." So says Val McDermid about Manda Scott's debut suspense novel, Hen's Teeth, the first novel to feature Dr Kellen Stewart. But she might well have been discussing Kellen herself. Indeed, she is the draw to the series, in this reader's opinion; it's Kellen's sharp

A Glaswegian Tale about Hens and Murder2014-03-15T19:58:56-05:00
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