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Touch by Alexi Zentner. Alfred A. Knopf Canada 2011. Touch was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award. Like The Free World, Touch tells the story of three generations, but beyond that the books could hardly be less alike. … Continue reading
The Free World by David Bezmozgis. HarperCollins 2011. The Free World was shortlisted for both the 2011 Giller Prize and the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award. Set in 1978, The Free World follows the Krasnansky family as they journey from … Continue reading
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Anansi 2011. To my surprise, I loved this book. I say surprise because a western about hired killers isn’t the sort of thing I usually read. However, The Sisters Brothers was nominated for the … Continue reading
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje. McClelland & Stewart 2011. The Cat’s Table was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize this year. Ondaatje requested that the book be withdrawn from consideration for the Governor General’s Literary Award, saying: “This was … Continue reading
The Year of Finding Memory by Judy Fong Bates. Random House 2010. I read Judy Fong Bates’ novel, Midnight at the Dragon Cafe, a few years ago. As I read along, I recognised descriptions of the fictionalized town that serves … Continue reading
One Bird’s Choice by Iain Reid. House of Anansi Press 2010. I picked up One Bird’s Choice after seeing it listed on the Canada Reads 2012 Top 40 Longlist. This year’s theme is ‘True Stories’. Follow this link to see … Continue reading