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Kowalski, William: The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo

Kowalski, William The Best Polish Restaurant in Buffalo Orchard Street Press, 2017 Softcover, 193 pages I first reviewed a novel by transplanted American (now Canadian) novelist, screenwriter, locavore and pickle-maker extraordinaire,  William Kowalski, in 2013 — his wonderful The Hundred … Continue reading

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Wiebe, Rudy: Come Back

Wiebe, Rudy Come Back Knopf Canada, 2014 HC 268 pages Western Canadian writer Rudy Wiebe’s latest novel, Come Back is a searing, psychologically rich cri de coeur — an elderly father’s confused, enraged, heartbroken appeal to the universe to find … 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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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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Crosbie, Lynn: Life Is About Losing Everything

Crosbie, Lynn Life Is About Losing Everything House of Anansi, 2012 Paperback, 348 pages Review by:  Kerry Riley One day, long ago, and as a result of some long-forgotten plumbing catastrophe, I found myself, in the fading light of a dismal, sleeting afternoon … Continue reading

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Taylor, Timothy: The Blue Light Project

Taylor, Timothy The Blue Light Project Knopf Canada, 2011 Hardcover, 347 pages Review by:  Kerry Riley Nobody writes like Timothy Taylor. Thoughtful, provocative, intense, prescient – he’s a unique voice on our Canliterary scene, with, for me, a growing reputation … Continue reading

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Harper, Lea: Shadow Crossing

Harper, Lea Shadow Crossing Black Moss Press, 2000 Softcover, 77 pages Review by:  Kerry Riley All poems reproduced with permission from Black Moss Press I am reasonably certain (whether or not these things are openly acknowledged) that most alert, attentive, … Continue reading

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