Book Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart (Grove Press, 2020) Oof. This book. Let me start by saying that it is worthy of the high praise and the awards it has received. But it's really hard to read. I started slow and came close to giving up after one particularly brutal chapter but pushed through and am… Continue reading Book Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Book Review: Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

Satellite Love - Genki Ferguson (McClelland & Stewart, 2021) I received an Advanced Readers e-copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Satellite Love was released 2 March 2021. This is a charmingly weird book. There are four characters whose perspectives we see from at various points and one… Continue reading Book Review: Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

Book Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang

White Ivy - Susie Yang (Simon & Schuster, 2020) The blurb for this novel tells us that Ivy Lin is a thief and liar. And while these are certainly true of the main character of White Ivy, it doesn't tell the whole story. Ivy Lin is someone who wants more. At a young age, while… Continue reading Book Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang

Book Review: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2021) Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favourite living authors and so as soon as I heard he had a new book coming out in 2021 I immediately pre-ordered Klara and the Sun. Last week, I had the chance to tune into a live,… Continue reading Book Review: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Book Review: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Tom Jones - Henry Fielding (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004) This novel was first published in 1749; my copy from the library clocked in at 801 pages (before the notes). It follows the life and adventures of Tom Jones from the moment he is found in the bed of Squire Allworthy. Allworthy is as shocked… Continue reading Book Review: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Book Review: Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang

Wuhan Diary - Fang Fang (HarperVia, 2020) On January 25, 2020, the city of Wuhan went into lockdown. This was the epicentre of what would become a global pandemic. While much of the world would soon follow suit, while Wuhan was at the height of its fight against coronavirus, the rest of the world was… Continue reading Book Review: Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang

Book Review: Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Butter Honey Pig Bread - Francesca Ekwuyasi (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020) Kambirinachi is living a life that she should not have. She is, or believes she is, an Ogbanje, a spirit that torments its human mother by being born and dying over and over again. Except that Kambirinachi has, against the advice and desires of… Continue reading Book Review: Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Book Review: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

Salt Houses - Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) Salt Houses is a book with a tight, compact feel, despite its many characters, locales, and timelines. It follows the lives of one family, through four generations, along with a snapshot of Middle Eastern history from 1963 to 2014. The story begins with the wedding of… Continue reading Book Review: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

Book Review: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Indians on Vacation - Thomas King (Harper Collins Publisher, 2020) Blackbird Mavrias, better known as Bird, and his wife Mimi Bull Shield are on vacation. Residents of Guelph (it's in Ontario, Canada), they have spent recent years travelling through Europe, sightseeing and exploring as tourists. They are ostensibly tracing the path of Mimi's Uncle, who… Continue reading Book Review: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Book Review: Eggshells by Caitriona Lally

Eggshells - Caitriona Lally (Melville House Publishing, 2018) Vivian lives alone in the city of Dublin, inhabiting her great-aunt's house after said great-aunt's death. The house is fusty, crowded, and has too many chairs. But it suits Vivian who is what we might call "an odd duck". Very soon after the book opens we watch… Continue reading Book Review: Eggshells by Caitriona Lally