Book Review: Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

Minister Without Portfolio - Michael Winter (Hamish Hamilton, 2013) While books set in Newfoundland or written by Newfie authors definitely qualify as Canadian fiction, the more I read the more I feel like they belong in their own category. I've yet to visit Newfoundland but through books I've come to view it as a somewhat separate entity… Continue reading Book Review: Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

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Book Review: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

I almost didn't finish this book. It is well-written, well-researched, and compelling. It was shortlisted for the most recent Canada Reads competition. I'd read several very positive reviews. (Anne's over at ivereadthis.com forced me to move the book up my To Read list.)  I did finish The Boat People and I'm glad I did but it was… Continue reading Book Review: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

Book Review: Brother by David Chariandy

I've had David Chariandy's Brother on my To Read list since it made the Canada Reads list but when FictionFan reviewed it I knew I needed to bump it up the list. (FictionFan's review here.) Brother is set in Scarborough, in the 1980s/early 90s. Scarborough was incorporated into Greater Toronto in 1999 but at this time it was… Continue reading Book Review: Brother by David Chariandy

Book Review: Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

While Monkey Beach takes place in British Columbia, the same province in which I live, it really is worlds away. Set in the tiny Haisla community of Kitamaat, we follow Lisamarie Hill in the aftermath of her brother Jimmy's disappearance. The First Nations community (Edited to add: It was brought to my attention that "First… Continue reading Book Review: Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson