The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (1955)

Poor Judith. That's the only way I can think of her. I can't remember the last time I pitied a character in a novel as much. And it's not because she lives alone, it's not because her looks lean toward the unfortunate, and it's not because she spent years taking care of her sick aunt. … Continue reading The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore (1955)

Canada Reads 2019 Mini Reviews

The five contenders for Canada Reads 2019, in order in which I read them (or didn't). The theme: One Book to Move You. Brother by David Chariandy -- defended by Lisa Ray, model and actress I'm happy that Brother is a part of Canada Reads this year. I read this book when it was longlisted … Continue reading Canada Reads 2019 Mini Reviews

Poetry: Following Sea by Lauren Carter

Five years ago, when my blog was still a baby, I read (and loved) Swarm, Lauren Carter's debut novel, and interviewed her about it. (Lauren's answers were fantastic and I'd love to bring this interview to fresh eyes, so please have a look.) In my last question, I asked her about other projects she was … Continue reading Poetry: Following Sea by Lauren Carter

Best Canadian Stories 2018, edited by Russell Smith

I read this excellent anthology over the Holidays, along with several other short story collections, and now it's late February. But I love this collection too much to let it go. Best Canadian Stories 2018 was edited by Russell Smith (author of short story collection Confidence) who says, "A great anthology does not have a … Continue reading Best Canadian Stories 2018, edited by Russell Smith

K.D. Miller: ‘Late Breaking’ and ‘All Saints’

I have been itching to write about these books since reading them - since before I finished reading them. These stories are brilliant and addictive and I wanted them to last forever. Late Breaking (2018) Late Breaking is K.D. Miller's most recent book, and it's the one I read first (thanks to the folks at … Continue reading K.D. Miller: ‘Late Breaking’ and ‘All Saints’