Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

Agnes, Murderess - Sarah Leavitt (Freehand, 2019) This graphic novel explores the story of Agnes McVee, an elusive story of a woman who kept a boarding house in the Cariboo and allegedly killed more than fifty people. Historical evidence for her existence in scant but a legend has grown up around the story of this… Continue reading Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

The Night Tiger - Yangsze Choo (Flatiron Books, 2019) The Night Tiger first come on my radar when I read FictionFan's review of it (read it here). Right away I knew it sounded like a book I'd enjoy. A bit of Chinese/South Asian history, a bit of magic realism. I'm happy to say the book… Continue reading Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

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: Beloved by Toni Morrison

I've read Toni Morrison's Bluest Eye previously and had a vague idea of what Beloved was about so I knew I was in for a heavy read. To be honest, I'd put off reading this novel for that very reason. Yet as I read Beloved, I was reminded that sometimes it's important to look closely… Continue reading Book Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Book Review: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

In this novel, Brian Payton explores a lesser known portion of World War II history - the Japanese invasion of Alaska. At least, this was unknown to me and I consider myself decently informed. Our main character is John Easely, a journalist who has snuck his way into the Aleutian Islands where the native peoples… Continue reading Book Review: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

Book Review: The Good People by Hannah Kent

With her second novel, Hannah Kent confirms that she is a master of historical fiction. As with Burial Rites (read my review here), Kent uses a true historical story to build her novel around. This time the setting is early 19th century Ireland and the tale revolves around "the good people" - the fairies and… Continue reading Book Review: The Good People by Hannah Kent

Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

I've read all of Heather O'Neill's published work and reviewed two of them here. (Daydream of Angels  and Lullabies for Little Criminals) Obviously, I enjoy her work and thankfully her latest novel didn't disappoint. If you like O'Neill's previous work, then I think you'll be pleased with The Lonely Hearts Hotel. Using Montreal once again as her setting,… Continue reading Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill