It's with a subtle touch, but Nadia Bozak solidly roots the reader in time and place. House of Anansi, 2016 This is not an easy task, because Shell only grows to the age of seventeen in Thirteen Shells -- across thirteen stories, and childhood is inherently rootless. So the details
Think there's nothing in common between this year's Giller Prize winner and Mélanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel series? Take this quote from Lynn Coady's Hellgoing: "You can only be vigilant, she thought, about a few things at a time. Otherwise it’s not vigilance anymore. It starts to be more like panic."