Quill and Quire

Fiction: Novels

By Austin Clarke

Austin Clarke is not the first African-Canadian novelist, though he is one of the most esteemed – and most prolific. While Clarke follows early Ontario writers Martin Delany and William Stowers in chronology (they issued ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Philip Roth

It’s the summer of 1998 – that Clinton-Lewinsky summer – and at a small New England college another formerly respected, powerful man faces disgrace. His offence is a classroom remark, taken out of context and ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Jeff Wells

Reflecting back on his life, twentysomething Gideon Gast finds that, when it comes right down to it, he’s spent most of his time “in anticipation and remembrance of sex.” Caught between his born-again mom and ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Althea Prince

With Loving This Man, her first novel, Althea Prince follows other West Indian-Canadian authors (Dionne Brand, Rabindranath Maharaj, Austin Clarke) in exploring the trauma of emigration. The first half of the novel is set in ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Patricia Pearson

Positioning its protagonist somewhere between the worlds of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones and Allison Pearson’s Kate Reddy, Playing House falls effortlessly into the recent boom in narratives that explore the lives of thirtysomething females pursuing ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels