Book Review: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Sea of Tranquility - Emily St. John Mandel (Harper Collins Publishers, 2022) ...this is what the Time Institute never understood: if definitive proof emerges that we're living in a simulation, the correct response tothat news will be So what. A life lived in a simulation is still a life. -Emily St. John Mandel, Sea of… Continue reading Book Review: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

(Audio) Book Review: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

Set over three days in a maternity word for pregnant flu patients in Dublin in 1918 - there’s a LOT going on here. And yet this isn’t a book that feels overwhelming. It feels steady. You feel swept up in the unceasing action of a busy hospital. Rarely a moment to rest, life and death… Continue reading (Audio) Book Review: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

(Point Form) Book Review: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Loved this book. Who is the main character? I'm not sure and I don't even care. Ponzi scheme set in 2008 inspired by Madoff Vincent is an amazing main character - she’s smart and vulnerable, fluid and changing but consistent in her basic character. She feels real. The setting of a remote luxury hotel located… Continue reading (Point Form) Book Review: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review: The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Gaétan Soucy

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches - Gaétan Soucy (A List, 2016) This was such a weird book. I really don't know what to say about it. I've had it on my TBR for years, added, I think, based on somme list of classic Canadian fiction. It's a work from a Quebec… Continue reading Book Review: The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches by Gaétan Soucy

Book Review: This House is not a Home by Katłįà

I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book thanks to the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Publication date was September 1, 2022. Kǫ̀ is a young boy, on the cusp of manhood, growing up in a remote northern community. Along with his community, he is learning to… Continue reading Book Review: This House is not a Home by Katłįà

Book Review: The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

The Son of the House - Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia (Dundurn Press, 2019) Nwabulu and Julie are thrown together when they are kidnapped on a lonely road in Nigeria. Waiting for their families to pay ransom, they begin to tell each other their life stories. With their own mortality at hand, they are completely honest in ways… Continue reading Book Review: The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Book Review: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Women Talking - Miriam Toews (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018) The dominant theme of Miriam Toews' work is the Mennonite people. Mennonites are a unique people group, a religious group that fled Russia many generations ago. Many ended up in Canada as farmers and in time have widely assimilated into modern life. Several of these… Continue reading Book Review: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Book Review: When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

When We Lost Our Heads - Heather O'Neill (Harper Collins Publishers, 2022) If you've read and enjoyed Heather O'Neill's novels before then chances are good you'll like her latest book, because you'll know what you're getting yourself into. While I don't know if I'd say I love O'Neill's work, I do have a lot of… Continue reading Book Review: When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

Book Review: Animal Person by Alexander MacLeod

I received an Advance e-copy of this book thanks to McClelland & Stewart and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. The stories in this new collection by Alexander MacLeod share a sort of unsettling quality. Moments in people's lives when things are not as they should be. Sometimes this shows up in something as obvious… Continue reading Book Review: Animal Person by Alexander MacLeod

Book Review: Out of the Sun by Esi Edugyan

Out of the Sun - Esi Edugyan (Anansi, 2021) Esi Edugyan is best known for her award-winning fiction - Half Blood Blues and Washington Black - but in this non-fiction book she tackles the subjects of Race and Storytelling. The book is divided according to geographical areas as well as topics: Europe and the Art… Continue reading Book Review: Out of the Sun by Esi Edugyan