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Fiction: Novels

By Jessica Westhead

Human life is fragile and precarious. No one knows this more than Ruth, the preoccupied parent at the centre of Jessica Westhead’s startling and powerfully affecting new novel. Well, perhaps one other person does, as ... Read More »

September 12, 2019 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews

By Emma Donoghue

Noah Selvaggio, the protagonist of Emma Donoghue’s new novel, doesn’t like change. His Upper West Side apartment is a shrine to the past; he can’t even bring himself to throw out his dead dog’s old ... Read More »

September 5, 2019 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews

By Lynn Coady

After four novels, two short-story collections (including the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning Hellgoing), and appearances in myriad journals and anthologies, we’ve come to expect a certain level of excellence from Lynn Coady. Though less forceful ... Read More »

August 26, 2019 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels

By Michael Christie

In Greenwood, his thought-provoking second novel, B.C. writer Michael Christie uses the ringed cross-section of a tree as an organizing principle and structure. As Christie writes, “Wood is time captured. A map. A cellular memory. ... Read More »

August 26, 2019 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels, Reviews

By Michael Crummey

The Book of Genesis meets “Hansel and Gretel” by way of Flowers in the Attic: that would not be an inappropriate way to situate Michael Crummey’s new novel, a return to historical fiction following 2014’s ... Read More »

August 22, 2019 | Filed under: Fiction: Novels