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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

By Ken Sparling

From its non-title to its long stretches of white space, Ken Sparling’s novel without a name announces itself as “experimental fiction.” Sparling has long been a student and champion of literary minimalism, and he takes ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Bex Brian

For a novel that seems to promise sensual candour if not outright licentiousness, the only truly shocking thing about Promiscuous Unbound, Bex Brian’s debut novel, is just how modest it turns out to be. Although ... Read More »

November 25, 2003 | Filed under: 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