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Fiction: Novels

By Gillian Wigmore

“Canadian literature is undeniably sombre and negative,” writes Margaret Atwood in Survival, her 1972 volume of criticism. “But in that literature there are elements which, although they are rooted in this negativity, transcend it.” As ... Read More »

December 4, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Rachel Manley

Rachel Manley has made a career out of writing about her illustrious Jamaican family, including her prime-minister father. Best known for her 1997 Governor General’s Literary Award–winning memoir, Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood, each ... Read More »

November 29, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Daniel Griffin

Set in 1993, Victoria writer Daniel Griffin’s debut novel follows a group of environmental activists on Vancouver Island who set off an explosion at a supposedly unmanned logging warehouse. The bombing badly injures a worker ... Read More »

November 20, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Kara Stanley

Seventeen-year-old Lou James recalls her journalist father saying to her in a moment of reflection, “Maybe there is no point in living or dying, other than the overarching point that we are biological organisms trying ... Read More »

October 31, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels