Category Archives: Light fiction

Fifty-Two Weeks of Reading: 2011.

I’ve been keeping a reading list since the summer of 1991. Yikes! That’s more than 20 years! In 2011, I modernized and moved online with my list, reviewing each book that I read in the past year, a total of … Continue reading

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Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. Random House Canada 2011. Translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim. Good old mom. No one really gives her life too much thought. Not her husband, not her two sons or two daughters. … Continue reading

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The Cat’s Table

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 Ondaatje requested that the book be withdrawn from consideration for the Governor General’s Literary Award, saying: ‚ÄúThis was … Continue reading


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Alone in the Classroom

Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay. McClelland & Stewart 2011. Alone in the Classroom begins with a murder. It is 1937 in a small town in the Ottawa Valley. A young girl who has gone off by herself to … Continue reading

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Minding Frankie

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. A Maeve Binchy novel, any Maeve Binchy novel, must be the quintessential summer read. Her stories bring together a large cast of characters and interweave their assorted lives, moving along smoothly … Continue reading

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