Low profile CanLit Classics: five (or so) Canadian novels that deserve your attention

Consolation by Michael Redhill.  From the author of Martin Sloane, and long-listed for the Booker, this novel should have become an instant Canadian classic.

Sweeter Than All the World by Rudy Wiebe.  One of a handful of books that I’ve read over my lifetime that I admire unreservedly, especially for its brilliant marriage of form and content.

Pack up the Moon by Richard Telecky.  Read a decade ago, I still find myself, from time to time, musing about this haunting story and the ideas it explores.

The Song Beneath the Ice, and The Closer We Are To Dying, by Joe Fiorito.  Tour de force writing by a significantly under-appreciated Canadian author.  Both of these novels should continue to inhabit our bestseller lists.

Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor. With ideas ahead of its time and delicious skewering of food fads and fashions, this novel is enjoying  a mini-resurrection these days, thanks to the locavore movement, but it deserves far more attention than it got or is getting.

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