Book Review: Our Homesick Songs

I can faintly recall, as a child, watching the national news, noticing a lot of talk about fishing out east. The lack of fish, the death of an industry and a lifestyle. It was my own country but very far away and very removed from my own city childhood on the opposite coast. In 1992,… Continue reading Book Review: Our Homesick Songs

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Book Review: Refuge by Merilyn Simonds

I received this book from ECW Press. All opinions are my own. Refuge 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: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black has not even been available for a month but it's already showing up on all sorts of award lists for the year, including The Man Booker Prize and the Giller Prize. (Edugyan won the Giller Prize for her last novel, Half Blood Blues.) I know Esi slightly in real life, back in my Victoria days. She… Continue reading Book Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Book Review: Motherhood by Sheila Heti

Very early on, I wondered if I would finish this book. It aggravated me almost immediately but I pushed on, wondering what I was missing. In the end, I skim read through to the end since I was curious to find out what the narrator's final decision would be. The question that she chases throughout… Continue reading Book Review: Motherhood by Sheila Heti

Book Review: Our Animal Hearts by Dania Tomlinson

Many years ago Dania Tomlinson and I worked together at a bookstore. So when I learned that she was publishing her first novel I made sure to order a copy. I like to support authors I know, plus, based on the books I'd seen Dania read and recommend, I felt like we have somewhat similar… Continue reading Book Review: Our Animal Hearts by Dania Tomlinson

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