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Fiction: Novels

By Barbara Gowdy

Barbara Gowdy’s new novel is not called The Pragmatist for a reason. Its heroine, Louise Kirk, loves in a fantastic, humongous way, and with the kind of searing heat usually seen only in acetylene welding ... Read More »

December 1, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Lesley Krueger

A novel narrated by a 15-year-old girl is an obvious candidate for young adult readers, and Lesley Krueger’s third novel, The Corner Garden, has strong crossover potential. Anyone offering this rich, complex novel to a ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Brad Smith

This novel gives good genre: advance publicity for All Hat describes it as country noir, and the shoe – or cowboy boot – fits. Set in the rusted farmbelts of Niagara and Northern Lake Erie, ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Cynthia Holz

It is the year 1989, and Izzy Schneider, age 78, has flown back to Toronto from his bungalow in Florida to attend the funeral of his best friend Phil Lewis (born Fishel Lubinsky), age 66, ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Steven Galloway

It is no doubt advisable to resist tightrope tropes while reviewing a novel that has at its heart a Transylvanian wire-walker. However, in Ascension, Steven Galloway performs a feat deserving of big top applause. In ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels