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: Aria by Nazanine Hozar

Aria - Nazanine Hozar (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019) This book was a delightful surprise. I picked it up from the library as part of my Writers Fest Challenge, as Nazanine Hozar will be speaking at the Festival as one of the New Voices. I knew very little about the novel so it was quite lovely… Continue reading Book Review: Aria by Nazanine Hozar

Book Review: Reproduction – Ian Williams

Reproduction - Ian Williams (Random House Canada, 2019) There is a lot in this book. And if it had ended about one hundred pages and several characters sooner, I would have enjoyed it more. It covers a lot of time. It has a lot of characters (to the extent that it's unclear who the true… Continue reading Book Review: Reproduction – Ian Williams

Book Review: Rue des Rosiers by Rhea Tregebov

Rue des Rosiers - Rhea Tregebov (Coteau Books, 2019) There's quite a lot packed into this novel about twenty-five year old Sarah Levine in 1982. While at times Tregebov's writing dips into the obvious and somewhat heavy-handed, overall I thought this was an excellent novel.The first half of the book takes place in Toronto where… Continue reading Book Review: Rue des Rosiers by Rhea Tregebov

Book Review: Original Prin by Randy Boyagoda

Original Prin - Randy Boyagoda (Biblioasis, 2018) Satire is hard to pull off. Especially when that satire involves cancer, acts of terror, and religion. I'm not convinced that Original Prin pulls it off, though there are some interesting turns along the way. The novel starts strong on New Year's Day. Prin and his wife, Molly,… Continue reading Book Review: Original Prin by Randy Boyagoda

Book Review: Dissident Doctor by Michael C. Klein

Dissident Doctor - Michael C. Klein (Douglas & McIntyre, 2018) Like me, you might not recognize Michael Klein's name. You might better know his daughter, Naomi. But as I read Dissident Doctor I came to understand just how Klein has influenced my own life. Klein details his decades of medical experience, his career as a… Continue reading Book Review: Dissident Doctor by Michael C. Klein

What I Read – May 2019

Read: Carry Me - Peter Behrens (Anansi, 2016) Boys: What It Means to Become a Man - Rachel Giese (Patrick Crean Editions, 2018) Crow - Amy Spurway (Goose Lane, 2019) Celebration of Discipline - Richard J. Foster (HarperOne, 2018) Chop Suey Nation - Ann Hui (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019) A Prayer Journal - Flannery O'Connor… Continue reading What I Read – May 2019