Category Archives: New Reviews

Casper, Claudia: The Mercy Journals

Casper, Claudia The Mercy Journals Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016 Softcover, 231 pages Claudia Casper is a Vancouver writer, who, over the last twenty years or so, has been making a name for herself with a series of well-regarded novels beginning … Continue reading

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Barwin, Gary: Yiddish for Pirates

Barwin, Gary Yiddish for Pirates Random House Canada, 2016 337 pages For someone who considers herself at least somewhat versed in the Canadian writing and arts scene, I am mystified as to how it could be that I had not … Continue reading

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You’ve Seen It Before: Predictive Imagery in Michael Crummey’s Sweetland

As mentioned in the main review, Michael Crummey’s Sweetland is full of hints and suggestions of another reality beyond what we might consider the normal everyday — places which, as Moses, the protagonist notes, can’t be found on a map.  … Continue reading

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Crummey, Michael: Sweetland

Crummey, Michael Sweetland Doubleday Canada, 2014 HC, 318 pages Michael Crummey, now firmly established as one of our pre-eminent Canadian writers, has, throughout his career, explored, with extraordinary depth of perception, the peculiar and particular emotional ache that arises from … Continue reading

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Unwin, Peter: Life Without Death and Other Stories

Unwin, Peter Life Without Death and Other Stories Cormorant Books, 2013 Softcover, 180 pages Peter Unwin is a writer for whom I had developed a deep and enduring admiration on the basis of one story alone, read a number of … Continue reading

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Richards, David Adams: Crimes Against My Brother

Richards, David Adams Crimes Against My Brother Doubleday Canada, 2014 Hardcover, 400 pages In his latest novel, Crimes Against My Brother, Richards returns, as is his wont, to the Miramichi River, in his native New Brunswick, to once again cast … Continue reading

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Toews, Miriam: All My Puny Sorrows

Toews, Miriam All My Puny Sorrows Knopf Canada, 2014 Hardcover, 321 pages Newsflash:  longlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize! Much has already been said about Miriam Toews’ latest novel, All My Puny Sorrows — that it is searingly honest, … Continue reading

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