Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

The Figgs - Ali Bryan (Freehand Books, 2018) The Figgs feels like a family you might really know. Your best friend's family or the family who lives down the straight. Bryan nails the dynamic of adult siblings and she creates a comfortable, often hilarious group of characters. June and Randy thought their retirement years would… Continue reading Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

Book Review: The Pull of the Moon by Julie Paul

The Pull of the Moon - Julie Paul (Brindle & Glass, 2014) This was a fine collection of short stories. And I mean that in a complimentary manner. This short story collection had languished on my TBR for years and so when I needed something quick and sweet to mix up my reading, I requested… Continue reading Book Review: The Pull of the Moon by Julie Paul

Book Review: The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed

The Annual Migration of Clouds - Premee Mohamed (ECW Press, 2021) I have nothing to look to as an example, I have no one to model myself after, only those who have died and those who have abandoned us.Premee Mohamed, The Annual Migration of Clouds, pg 36 Reid Graham has just received a letter. She… Continue reading Book Review: The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed

Book Review: Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch - Rivka Galchen (Harper Perennial, 2021) Katharina Kepler is an eccentric older widow. She lives in a small German village in the early 1600s. She is knowledgeable about herbs and natural healing and she isn't shy about letting her feelings be known. It is perhaps inevitable in this… Continue reading Book Review: Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Book Review: Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados

Happy Hour - Marlowe Granados (Verso, 2021) I received an Advance Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Isa and Gala are best friends, twenty-one years old, and ready for a summer of adventure when they meet in New York City. They have a place to stay, a few connections, and just a… Continue reading Book Review: Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados

Book Review: What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

I received an Advance Reader's Copy from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. What Strange Paradise ends with such a gut punch that it's almost impossible to think back over the novel without thinking of it in light of those final lines. At the same time,… Continue reading Book Review: What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

Book Review: Land-Water-Sky/Ndè-Tı-Yat’a by Katłıà

This book was provided to me as an e-ARC from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. There's a lot to appreciate about this debut novel. It brings the northern region of Canada and the traditional lands of the Indigenous people there to life with all its natural power and beauty. The story… Continue reading Book Review: Land-Water-Sky/Ndè-Tı-Yat’a by Katłıà

Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

How to Pronounce Knife - Souvankham Thammavongsa (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) How to Pronounce Knife is the most recent winner of the Giller Prize, probably Canada's most prestigious literary award. It is a collection of short stories, a common thread running through of The Outsider. More specifically, these are stories that detail elements of the… Continue reading Book Review: How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Book Review: Waiting For A Star To Fall by Kerry Clare

Waiting for a Star to Fall - Kerry Clare (Doubleday Canada, 2020) Brooke Ellis is twenty-three and has just quietly returned to her small hometown of Lanark where she's living in a depressing basement apartment and working a quiet job at the local library. She won't tell her parents why she's back or why she… Continue reading Book Review: Waiting For A Star To Fall by Kerry Clare

Book Review: Molly of the Mall by Heidi L.M. Jacobs

Molly of the Mall - Heidi L.M. Jacobs (NeWest Press, 2020) Molly MacGregor is in her early twenties, a student of literature at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The year is 1995 and Molly has taken a full-time summer job at Le Petit Chou Shoe Shop in "the mall". We follow Molly through her… Continue reading Book Review: Molly of the Mall by Heidi L.M. Jacobs