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Fiction: Novels

By Tom Walmsley

Occasionally you hear a critic claim that Canadian fiction is lacking grit and danger. Tom Walmsley’s new novel, his first in a decade, is the latest case for dispelling that idea. The book is called ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Nirmal Dass

The unnamed narrator of Nirmal Dass’s first novel is a Canadian of Punjabi descent who returns to the land of his grandfather, the source of the stories and songs that so enlivened his childhood. Although ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Kelli Deeth

In this fresh, unflinching look at some familiar themes – cleft and reconstituted families, the daughter-as-mother figure, suburban angst – Kelli Deeth introduces readers to Leah, “the girl without anyone.” Leah is alternately bound by ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Robert J. Sawyer

With Hybrids, Robert J. Sawyer draws to a close the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, a trio of books that will likely be looked upon as a career highlight for the Toronto science fiction writer.As Hybrids opens, ... Read More »

October 16, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

Sap

By John Swan

John Swan’s first novel, Sap, begins “Every two-bit dick-yarn starts with a beautiful woman. They stride on long legs with longer tales of woe and misunderstanding,” and ends with the novel’s narrator (also named John ... Read More »

October 16, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Susan Ouriou

Already a reputed translator of works from French into English, Susan Ouriou now offers readers an ambitious debut novel. Impressive in its scope, the book attempts to cover a long list of themes, including religion, ... Read More »

October 16, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels