Book Review: We Want What We Want by Alix Ohlin

We Want What We Want - Alix Ohlin (House of Anansi Press, 2021) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Publication Date: 27 July 2021 Alix Ohlin's previous book, a novel called Dual Citizens was shortlisted for the Giller Prize but it wasn't my personal pick as I… Continue reading Book Review: We Want What We Want by Alix Ohlin

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: A Treasury of Short Stories ed. by Bernardine Kielty

A Treasury of Short Stories ed. by Bernardine Kielty (Simon & Schuster, 1947) This is a collection of short stories, spanning two continents and over one hundred years. The stories are organized first by century (19th and 20th) and then by region (European and American). Let's talk first about the flaws here because though they… Continue reading Book Review: A Treasury of Short Stories ed. by Bernardine Kielty

What I Read – December 2020

Read: A Book of Good Stories - edited by G. Fred McNally (The MacMillan Company of Canada, 1934) Say Nothing - Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday, 2019) Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas (J.M. Dent & Sons, 1970) Short Stories Read: (see note below) Yermolai and the Miller's Wife - Ivan Turgenev (3 stars) A Day… Continue reading What I Read – December 2020

Book Review: A Book of Good Stories ed. by G. Fred McNally

A Book of Good Stories - edited by G. Fred McNally (The MacMillan Company of Canada Ltd., 1934) There's a secondhand bookstore in Powell River that I like browsing through when we visit. While there this summer, I brought this book home since I always enjoy a good short story and I wanted to support… Continue reading Book Review: A Book of Good Stories ed. by G. Fred McNally

Book Review: If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan

If I Had Two Wings - Randall Kenan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2020) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This title is on sale 3 August 2020. This is a strange and somewhat surreal collection of… Continue reading Book Review: If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan

Book Review: A Registry of my Passage upon the Earth by Daniel Mason

A Registry of my Passage upon the Earth - Daniel Mason (Little, Brown & Company, 2020) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is an eccentric and stylistic collection of short stories. All but one have a historical setting and the voice and style of story-telling feels… Continue reading Book Review: A Registry of my Passage upon the Earth by Daniel Mason

Book Review: The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle

The Moment of Tenderness - Madeleine L'Engle (Grand Central Publishing, 2020) This collection of short stories from Madeleine L'Engle is comprised of both previously published work and stories never before published. It includes stories she wrote as a very young woman and ones that show a more experienced hand. As many other readers are, I'm… Continue reading Book Review: The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle

Book Review: We Two Alone by Jack Wang

We Two Alone - Jack Wang (Astoria, 2020) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. This short story collection moves through history and place, highlighting and documenting the experiences of Chinese immigrants - the Chinese diaspora - across the world. Moving roughly through time, the… Continue reading Book Review: We Two Alone by Jack Wang

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