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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 Sue Goyette

It was the great folk scare of the early 1970s: the cultural interlude between the Rolling Stones and the Clash characterized by that banal splice, the Sensitive Singer/Songwriter. They could sing (enviro-elf John Denver) or ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Bill Richardson

In Waiting for Gertrude, Vancouver writer, broadcaster, and notorious cat-fancier Bill Richardson envisions Paris’s famed Père-Lachaise Cemetery as inhabited by the souls of its notable occupants reincarnated into the bodies of feral cats. Chopin has ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Lorenz Peter

Lorenz Peter’s second graphic novel, Chaos Mission , is an extremely atypical coming-of-age autobiography originally serialized in an underground zine by the same name. Peter’s first graphic novel, The Last Remaining Ancient Mellish Bird, was ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Lynette D’anna

Readers with an insatiable thirst for darkness and depravity might enjoy Vixen, Lynette D’anna’s novel that explores an obsessive relationship in several short vignettes. Those wishing to avoid another trip to the literary circle of ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By John D. Stiles

After earning a nasty reputation in his claustrophobic Nova Scotia home town, young Selwyn Davies runs off, like many a wandering, forever-unsatisfied protagonist before him, to earn a similar reputation around the world. The pace ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Gerald Lynch

On opening night at a strip club in the Troutstream Arms, a performer with the evocative name of Burnadette is nearly incinerated when her spectacular Joan of Arc routine goes awry. As the patrons gawk, ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Austin Clarke

Austin Clarke is not the first African-Canadian novelist, though he is one of the most esteemed – and most prolific. While Clarke follows early Ontario writers Martin Delany and William Stowers in chronology (they issued ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Philip Roth

It’s the summer of 1998 – that Clinton-Lewinsky summer – and at a small New England college another formerly respected, powerful man faces disgrace. His offence is a classroom remark, taken out of context and ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Jeff Wells

Reflecting back on his life, twentysomething Gideon Gast finds that, when it comes right down to it, he’s spent most of his time “in anticipation and remembrance of sex.” Caught between his born-again mom and ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels