Book Review: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

Shut Up You're Pretty - Téa Mutonji (VS. Books, 2019) This book isn't quite a short story collection and it isn't quite a novel. It's a collection of short stories all about one character that moves forward linearly from her chidhood to her young womanhood. (Except for one story which is from the perspective of… Continue reading Book Review: Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji

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Book Review: Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp

Moccasin Square Gardens - Richard Van Camp (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019) The words that come to mind when I think about this collection of short stories are "delightfully weird". Aliens, small towns, Indigenous politics, and aliens. I really don't know what to compare this to because I don't think I've ever read a collection quite… Continue reading Book Review: Moccasin Square Gardens by Richard Van Camp

Book Review: Divided Loyalties by Nilofar Shidmehr

Divided Loyalties - Nilofar Shidmehr (Astoria, 2019) New and different voices and particularly voices coming from other cultures and histories are something that I'm always on the look out for. So I was excited to get my hands on an Advance Copy of this short story collection. Each story centres around an Iranian woman. The… Continue reading Book Review: Divided Loyalties by Nilofar Shidmehr

Book Review: Look How Happy I’m Making You by Polly Rosenwaike

Look How Happy I'm Making You - Polly Rosenwaike (Doubleday, 2019) I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book. It is set to be released March 19, 2019. Whether or not you enjoy Polly Rosenwaike's collection of short stories will likely hinge on your interest in motherhood. Each of the twelve stories in this… Continue reading Book Review: Look How Happy I’m Making You by Polly Rosenwaike

Book Review: A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage by Bill Gaston

My disclaimer: I know Bill Gaston in real life. He was one of my profs in university and taught one of my favourite workshops. He was a great prof and an all-round good guy. When he was a featured writer at our local Writers' Festival a couple of years ago I was asked to introduce… Continue reading Book Review: A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage by Bill Gaston

Not a Book Review: A Boys’ Treasury of Sea Stories

I didn't read this book from cover-to-cover, nor do I expect anyone to run out and buy this exact copy, so for those reasons this isn't exactly a book review. I picked up this story collection at a thrift store but my dad later pointed out to me that we had the same book at… Continue reading Not a Book Review: A Boys’ Treasury of Sea Stories

Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

This collection of short stories focuses primarily on adolescent girls. The stories are compelling and readable and not at all familiar with my experience of being a teenage girl. Which isn't to say that they don't ring true but by the time I got to the end of the collection, it felt like the intensity… Continue reading Book Review: How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer