Book Review: Land-Water-Sky/Ndè-Tı-Yat’a by Katłıà

This book was provided to me as an e-ARC from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. There's a lot to appreciate about this debut novel. It brings the northern region of Canada and the traditional lands of the Indigenous people there to life with all its natural power and beauty. The story… Continue reading Book Review: Land-Water-Sky/Ndè-Tı-Yat’a by Katłıà

Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

How to Pronounce Knife - Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) How to Pronounce Knife is the most recent winner of the Giller Prize, probably Canada's most prestigious literary award. It is a collection of short stories, a common thread running through of The Outsider. More specifically, these are stories that detail elements of the… Continue reading Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Book Review: Waiting For A Star To Fall by Kerry Clare

Waiting for a Star to Fall - Kerry Clare (Doubleday Canada, 2020) Brooke Ellis is twenty-three and has just quietly returned to her small hometown of Lanark where she's living in a depressing basement apartment and working a quiet job at the local library. She won't tell her parents why she's back or why she… Continue reading Book Review: Waiting For A Star To Fall by Kerry Clare

Book Review: Molly of the Mall by Heidi L.M. Jacobs

Molly of the Mall - Heidi L.M. Jacobs (NeWest Press, 2020) Molly MacGregor is in her early twenties, a student of literature at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The year is 1995 and Molly has taken a full-time summer job at Le Petit Chou Shoe Shop in "the mall". We follow Molly through her… Continue reading Book Review: Molly of the Mall by Heidi L.M. Jacobs

Book Review: Last Impressions by Joseph Kertes

Last Impressions - Joseph Kertes (Viking Canada, 2020) I received an Advance Readers' Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. My overall impression of Last Impressions (see what I did there?) is that this is a story that has been told before. And so I found myself thinking about why we tell stories,… Continue reading Book Review: Last Impressions by Joseph Kertes

Book Review: The Blythes are Quoted by L.M. Montgomery

The Blythes are Quoted - L.M. Montgomery (Viking Books, 2009) As a kid, I loved L.M. Montgomery's books. They were cozy and sweet and always had a happy ending. I read and re-read each one; I owned most of Montgomery's books and got the others from the library. I read the series and the novels… Continue reading Book Review: The Blythes are Quoted by L.M. Montgomery

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

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