Quill and Quire

Fiction: Novels

By Ray Robertson

Small towns have always occupied a fraught place in Canadian storytelling. Unlike cities or the wilderness – places where things happen – small towns in our national literature have usually been defined by their sense ... Read More »

May 29, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Michael Ondaatje

The dimmed lights that guided emergency vehicles during London’s wartime blackouts were known as warlight; this titular image sets the melancholy mood for Michael Ondaatje’s haunting new novel, which takes place in the years following ... Read More »

May 28, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Amy Stuart

Amy Stuart’s 2016 bestseller, Still Mine, which was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, began with a complicated premise. A woman arrives in town asking questions about another woman who has ... Read More »

May 24, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Kevin Chong

A fatal epidemic reminiscent of the bubonic plague forces a bustling metropolis into quarantine. Citizens oscillate between panic and indifference, cautiousness and carelessness, filling their indefinite hiatus from real life with distracting trips to the ... Read More »

May 17, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Sheila Heti

Halfway through her latest novel, Sheila Heti asks, “Should I? Should I? Should I choose it? Should I? But the real question is, could you?” Heti is familiar with asking questions. Her novel How Should ... Read More »

May 10, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Audrey Schulman

Described by its publisher as a literary novel that is not quite dystopian, Audrey Schulman’s Theory of Bastards offers readers an interesting premise with potential that is never fully realized. The novel follows scientist Francine ... Read More »

April 23, 2018 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels