Quill and Quire

Fiction: Novels

By John Metcalf

John Metcalf has not published a stand-alone book of fiction in some 10 years. This is unfortunate, because he is one of Canada’s best writers. With the publication of Forde Abroad, a brilliant 80-page novella, ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Frances Itani

The flood of books about the First World War never seems to end. In the past few years, we’ve had Niall Ferguson’s The Pity of War, John Keegan’s The First World War and of course, ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Lewis DeSoto

A Blade of Grass, the first novel from Toronto writer and painter Lewis DeSoto, is an impressive, if flawed, debut, a compelling examination of race and place, the personal and the political, in South Africa. ... Read More »

November 20, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Cynthia MacDonald

Alms is set in the 1980s in Toronto. Its sad-sack protagonist, Martine Craythorn, describes her people as “the late-century rich – back-patters and horse-laughers.” In an age of ambition and acquisition, Martine is obsessed only ... Read More »

November 20, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels