This list of Forty Great Works of Canadian Fiction Canadian fiction was originally compiled by Quill & Quire some years ago and I’ve been steadily reading my way through it.

Some of these I had to read in school, like The Stone Angel, Who Has Seen the Wind and Fifth Business — but I liked them all the same ::grin::

Others I discovered in the early 90s, when I was working in a bookstore, and I quickly adopted them as favourites, like The Wars and The Stone Diaries. Others I sought out deliberately after coming across this list.

Some of them I wasn’t as fond of (Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and Beautiful Losers, for instance), but others I was unexpectedly pleased with (As for Me and My House, The Mountain and the Valley and Swamp Angel), so overall there were enough “successes” on the list that I’ve decided to finish reading the books herein.

  1. The Stone Angel
  2. The Wars
  3. ✔ As for Me and My House
  4. ✔ Fifth Business
  5. ✔ The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
  6. The Lives of Girls and Women
  7. ✔ Who Has Seen the Wind
  8. ✔ Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
  9. ✔ The Diviners
  10. ✔ Anne of Green Gables
  11. ✔ Obasan
  12. ✔ The Double Hook
  13. ✔ The Mountain and the Valley
  14. The Stone Diaries
  15. ✔ Green Grass, Running Water
  16. ✔ Beautiful Losers
  17. ✔ The English Patient
  18. ✔Under the Volcano
  19. In the Skin of a Lion
  20. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
  21. ✔ Fugitive Pieces
  22. ✔ A Fine Balance
  23. ✔ The Temptations of Big Bear
  24. ✔ Such a Long Journey
  25. The Handmaid’s Tale
  26. ✔Coming Through Slaughter
  27. The Watch that Ends the Night
  28. Swamp Angel
  29. ✔ Two Solitudes
  30. ✔ Such is My Beloved
  31. ✔ Who Do You Think You Are?
  32. ✔ Tay John
  33. ✔The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
  34. ✔ Surfacing
  35. ✔ Not Wanted on the Voyage
  36. St. Urbain’s Horseman
  37. ✔ The Edible Woman
  38. ✔ Bear
  39. ✔ Home Truths
  40. From the Fifteenth District