First Things First by Diane Schoemperlen - Review

You clash with my constructed atmosphere. The stories of First Things First feel so much like confidences. They are essentially the intimate thoughts of twenty-four women whose inner life is at odds with the outside world. Some of those ladies…

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I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid - Review

Searching for your yearly dose of scare for Halloween? Have a look at I’m Thinking of Ending Things! Best described as a psychological thriller or maybe even a psychological horror novel, I honestly believe this novel is one of a…

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Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy - Review

In France, where I grew up, Little Sister would be at home in my favourite genre: le fantastique. As Wikipedia describes it: “What is distinctive about the fantastique is the intrusion of supernatural phenomena into an otherwise realist narrative.” Fantastique…

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - Review - CanLit

It was really hard to pick up a new book after reading Death’s End by Cixin Liu. I was just completely blown away by the monumental brilliance of the whole Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy (if you don’t know what…

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Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang - Review

Dragon Springs Road, published this January, sets the bar very high for 2017’s Canadian literature. This second novel by Janie Chang is a unique, beautiful, human, and insightful novel. Set near Shanghai, China, in the early 20th century, Dragon Springs…

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Wayworn Wooden Floors by Mark Lavorato - Review

Poetry. Rhymes, verses, literary devices, cryptic meaning, my school-year headaches. When I was a student, I figured poems were pretentious pieces of literature meant to be deciphered, mainly to produce a decent essay. To me, poetry were mostly obscure and…

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Annabel by Kathleen Winter - Review

We are in 1968. A small coastal village of Labrador sees the birth of a baby with ambiguous sexual traits. At the hospital, it’s a mere ruler who decides upon the infant’s fate: “Penis size at birth is the primary…

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Most Anticipated Book List

So many books, so little time… My resolution this year is to try to organize my to-read list in such a way that I might actually read what I want. That is: 2017’s new Canadian fictions. In order to achieve…

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue - CanLit

Until now, we’ve died. Until now. In 1865, Ireland is still numb from the Great Famine that killed a million people and drove as many out of their cherished island. Unspeakable grief and starvation weighed on Irish people’s spirit for…

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