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Fiction: Novels

By Ian Weir

To a certain literary sensibility, the phrase “historical novel” has become shorthand for pretty much everything that is wrong with contemporary “literary” fiction. We’ve come to expect these books to be long-winded, conventional morality tales ... Read More »

November 23, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Michael Turner

Michael Turner’s previous novel, The Pornographer’s Poem, employed a variety of narrative forms, including letters, film scripts, diary entries, and monologues. His latest work, 8×10, is similarly unconventional: a collection of fragments intricately assembled to ... Read More »

October 16, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By William Deverell

The title alone is a good indicator that in this new Arthur Beauchamp novel, William Deverell’s lovably irascible lawyer protagonist will find himself in unfamiliar territory. “Ottawa was his unhappy home away from home since ... Read More »

October 16, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Louise Penny

“In the end the answer to a murder investigation was always devastatingly simple. It was always right there, obvious. Hiding in facts and evidence and likes, and the misperceptions of the investigators.” These sentences, from ... Read More »

October 16, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By John McFetridge

With all the traffic over the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, the border patrols cannot possibly check every vehicle – a simple fact that criminals like Vernard “Get” McGetty count upon. Get is retired ... Read More »

October 16, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Michael Crummey

For its sheer extremes, both real and conjured, Newfoundland occupies a singular place in Canada’s history and literary imagination. While the typical Newfoundland narrative emphasizes the rugged terrain and pragmatic lifestyle of the land’s inhabitants ... Read More »

October 15, 2009 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels