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Fiction: Novels

By Audrey Schulman

Described by its publisher as a literary novel that is not quite dystopian, Audrey Schulman’s Theory of Bastards offers readers an interesting premise with potential that is never fully realized. The novel follows scientist Francine ... Read More »

April 23, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Harriet Alida Lye

Harriet Alida Lye’s debut novel begins with a swarm of bees. More specifically, it begins with a one-word command: “Listen.” This is appropriate, because over the course of The Honey Farm’s propulsive, occasionally frustrating narrative, ... Read More »

April 23, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Ann Ireland

Ann Ireland’s fifth novel might just confirm some Trump supporters’ worst suspicions about Mexicans: reading this novel, it would appear that they’re all thieves, drug dealers, and murderers living and operating in a land of ... Read More »

April 23, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Andrew Battershill

Andrew Battershill’s surrealist, genre-bending debut crime novel, 2015’s Pillow, was longlisted for the Sunburst Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Three years later, Battershill returns with another offbeat thriller set in Victoria and on B.C.’s ... Read More »

March 26, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Patrick Lane

Dread hangs like a shroud over Patrick Lane’s Deep River Night. The acclaimed Canadian poet’s second novel is set in and around a sprawling lumber facility in B.C. circa 1960. It’s a space where violence ... Read More »

March 22, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By A.J. Devlin

If professional wrestling is over the top, it’s not a stretch to assume that a novel set on the fringes of a western Canadian wrestling circuit would be, too. In that respect, A.J. Devlin’s debut ... Read More »

March 15, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Katherine Ashenburg

Noted non-fiction writer Katherine Ashenburg’s debut novel is a thoughtful contribution to the now-familiar genre of fiction about women overshadowed by their proximity to masculine greatness. As Sofie & Cecilia emphasizes, the cost of male ... Read More »

March 12, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels