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Fiction: Novels

By Mark Sampson

When Philip Sharpe – philosophy professor, bestselling author, and left-wing public intellectual – makes a phenomenally ill-advised remark on live TV, his “slip” goes viral, sending the rest of his life into a tailspin. It’s ... Read More »

May 4, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews

By Rebecca Rosenblum

Rebecca Rosenblum opens her commanding, technically impressive debut novel with a note-perfect chapter titled “Marriage.” Assured and captivating, it portrays a deeply melancholic narrator, a slumped English professor in “the middle of a near-silent summer,” ... Read More »

April 17, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews

By Terry Griggs

After earning a 1991 Governor General’s Literary Award nomination for her debut, the short-fiction collection Quickening, Terry Griggs has continued to garner critical praise. Known for her whirlwind storytelling and lush vocabulary, Griggs won the ... Read More »

April 10, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Alisa Smith

Set in the Pacific Northwest and spanning the years of the Second World War, Speakeasy focuses on Lena Stillman’s connection to Bill Bagley, a notorious criminal. In his heyday, Bill’s risky bank robberies and elaborate ... Read More »

March 27, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Kerry Claire

The term “Internet celebrity” means something very different today than it did two decades ago. Before the advent of social media, the designation was reserved for a few brave bloggers who laid their deepest secrets ... Read More »

March 16, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Emma Richler

In her latest novel, Emma Richler comes across as an unapologetic maximalist. If minimalism presupposes that less is more, Richler’s aesthetic in this exuberant, freewheeling work is the precise opposite. At the heart of Be ... Read More »

March 16, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By David Carpenter

Canadian history is inextricably connected to geography. And Canadian fiction seems endlessly absorbed with a reckoning between the land and the humans who exploit it. Saskatchewan’s David Carpenter has staked out one indelible corner of ... Read More »

March 9, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Jean McNeil

“Everywhere we go broadcasts a message, a current of meaning,” observes Rebecca Laurelson, the protagonist of Jean McNeil’s tense and atmospheric new novel, The Dhow House. “Here,” she continues, “it has something to do with ... Read More »

March 6, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Rachel Cusk

Canadian-born, U.K.-based Rachel Cusk, author of eight previous novels and three memoirs, has become one of our most astute writers, gaining steady recognition and a couple of literary prizes along the way. Her latest book is ... Read More »

March 1, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Anna Pitoniak

Random House editor Anna Pitoniak, born in Whistler but now based in New York, makes a strong literary debut with The Futures, a novel that follows a young couple in their 20s as they take ... Read More »

February 22, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Elan Mastai

The premise of screenwriter Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays is almost perversely appropriate for our present moment. The year is 2016. Narrator Tom Barren has grown up as a shiftless underachiever in a Jetsons-inspired ... Read More »

February 9, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Anton Piatigorsky

American history is largely a construction of the U.S. Supreme Court. Patriots loudly bray about democracy and the Constitution, but realists understand that the unelected judiciary is charged with interpreting the law of the land, ... Read More »

January 30, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels