Book Review: Reproduction – Ian Williams

Reproduction - Ian Williams (Random House Canada, 2019) There is a lot in this book. And if it had ended about one hundred pages and several characters sooner, I would have enjoyed it more. It covers a lot of time. It has a lot of characters (to the extent that it's unclear who the true… Continue reading Book Review: Reproduction – Ian Williams

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Book Review: Rue des Rosiers by Rhea Tregebov

Rue des Rosiers - Rhea Tregebov (Coteau Books, 2019) There's quite a lot packed into this novel about twenty-five year old Sarah Levine in 1982. While at times Tregebov's writing dips into the obvious and somewhat heavy-handed, overall I thought this was an excellent novel.The first half of the book takes place in Toronto where… Continue reading Book Review: Rue des Rosiers by Rhea Tregebov

Book Review: Original Prin by Randy Boyagoda

Original Prin - Randy Boyagoda (Biblioasis, 2018) Satire is hard to pull off. Especially when that satire involves cancer, acts of terror, and religion. I'm not convinced that Original Prin pulls it off, though there are some interesting turns along the way. The novel starts strong on New Year's Day. Prin and his wife, Molly,… Continue reading Book Review: Original Prin by Randy Boyagoda

Book Review: Crow by Amy Spurway

Crow - Amy Spurway (Goose Lane, 2019) Stacey Fortune has returned home to die. She's crawling back to Cape Breton Island to move in with her mother, her brain riddled with tumours. Her life in Toronto has not turned out exactly how she hoped but she isn't eager to return to Cape Breton either. She's… Continue reading Book Review: Crow by Amy Spurway

Book Review: Refuge by Merilyn Simonds

I received this book from ECW Press. All opinions are my own. RefugeĀ is a novel about, well, refuge. How do we seek refuge? How do we give it? Who do we offer refuge to? At the centre of the novel is Cass. In the present tense of the story, Cass is 96-years-old, living alone on… Continue reading Book Review: Refuge by Merilyn Simonds

Book Review: Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little

I received this book as an Advanced Reading Copy. It will be available for sale September 25, 2018. Most of what I know about leprosy comes from the Bible. That might sound like the set-up for a joke but it's true. Leprosy seems like one of those old-timey diseases that only people in Biblical times… Continue reading Book Review: Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little

Book Review: A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage by Bill Gaston

My disclaimer: I know Bill Gaston in real life. He was one of my profs in university and taught one of my favourite workshops. He was a great prof and an all-round good guy. When he was a featured writer at our local Writers' Festival a couple of years ago I was asked to introduce… Continue reading Book Review: A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage by Bill Gaston