Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey

The Innocents - Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada, 2019) Michael Crummey is an absolutely beautiful writer. His prose is evocative and thoughtful and unique. He does description of place in fresh and fascinating ways. His books are usually quite character-driven while also maintaining a certain distance between reader and character. His protagonists are eery, otherworldly, a… Continue reading Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey

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

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

Book Review – Galore by Michael Crummey

For a long time I've wanted to visited the Canadian East Coast. Pictures of lighthouses in Nova Scotia look beautiful. I'm a big fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery, who set the majority of her books on Prince Edward Island. But every book I've read about Newfoundland makes it sound like a cold, desolate place. (See:… Continue reading Book Review – Galore by Michael Crummey