Giller Longlist: We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes

When I started reading this book, I had no idea what to expect. With a title like that, and a cover that looks like the world is on fire, and almost all the praise and reviews using the word "gritty". ("Gritty" means gross, right? Yes. And other things.) But the thing is, once I got … Continue reading Giller Longlist: We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes

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2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

The Giller Prize shortlist is out! The Shadow Jury will be reading and reviewing these books over the course of the next 6 weeks, and will be choosing a shadow winner a few days before the official Giller Prize announcement on November 20th. Rachel Cusk for her novel Transit, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd My thoughts: Unfortunately I wasn't a … Continue reading 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

The Shadow Jury's winner: (my review) The Real 2016 Giller Winner: (my review) My thoughts: Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a beautiful book and a deserving winner of the Giller Prize. To hear Madeleine Thien's acceptance speech or to watch the entire program, visit CBC Books. Congratulations to the winner Madeleine Thein, and to all … Continue reading 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner

Shadow Giller: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing is all over the internet right now, perhaps due to its spot as a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and more recently it has become the 2016 winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction. Because of all the already-existing fabulous reviews that abound I'm going to try … Continue reading Shadow Giller: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Shadow Giller: 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

There was always that shadowy twin, thin when I was fat, fat when I was thin, myself in silvery negative, with dark teeth and shining white pupils glowing in that black sunlight of another world.  --Margaret Atwood What Mona Awad does so well in this book is to put us inside the head of a woman with … Continue reading Shadow Giller: 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad