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Fiction: Novels

By Richard Scarsbrook

In his 2020 volume On Nostalgia, David Berry points out that the Greek root of “nostalgia” refers to a condition resembling homesickness or, more literally, a pain associated with home. This is particularly germane to ... Read More »

February 16, 2022 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By SJ Sindu

Stories of deceit and exploitation perpetuated with the help of blind faith abound, each more confounding than the last. In 2015, it came to light that a self-styled Indian godman had convinced 400 male followers ... Read More »

February 8, 2022 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Alison MacLeod

Tenderness, the sixth book by Alison MacLeod, is a dizzyingly researched historical novel that moves from England during the First World War to the U.S. and the U.K. in 1959 and 1960. At its heart ... Read More »

January 19, 2022 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Yejide Kilanko

Yejide Kilanko’s intimate cross-section of a marriage in A Good Name not only investigates cultural expectations and familial duties but also homes in on the realities of immigrant life in America. After 12 gruelling years ... Read More »

December 13, 2021 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews

By Andy Zuliani

Satellite views, surveillance technology, a “pixelating smudge,” the “vacuum of industrial deserts”: in the engrossing (and dialogue-free) opening chapter of his debut novel, Vancouver-based Andy Zuliani builds a memorably foreboding atmosphere using science-fiction tropes. City-dwelling ... Read More »

November 9, 2021 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews