Canadian Book Reviews

Abdou, Angie – Between, The Canterbury Trail, The Bone Cage

Abdou, Angie – Home Ice

Alexis, André – PastoralFifteen Dogs, The Hidden Keys, Days by Moonlight

al Rabeeah, Abu Bakr (with Winnie Yeung) – Homes

Anderson-Dergatz, Gail – The Cure for Death By Lightning

Ashby, Madeline – Company Town

Atwood, Margaret – Moral Disorder, The Heart Goes Last, Alias Grace

Atwood, Margaret – Stone Mattress

Atwood, Margaret – Morning in the Burned House, The CanLit Foodbook

Atwood, Margaret – a variety of children’s books

Autism: The Gift That Needs To Be Opened

Awad, Mona – 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Awad, Mona – Bunny


Badami, Anita Rau – The Hero’s Walk

Bala, Sharon – The Boat People

Barbeau, Melissa – The Luminous Sea

Barbeau-Lavalette, Anais – Suzanne 

Barwin, Gary – Yiddish For Pirates

Bergen, David – Stranger

Berry, Michelle – The Prisoner and the Chaplain

Bertin, Kris – Bad Things Happen

Bertin, Kris – Use Your Imagination!

Best Canadian Stories 2018, edited by Russell Smith

Black Writers Matter, edited by Whitney French

Boyden, Joseph – The Orenda, Wenjack

Brand, Dionne – Love Enough

Brennan, Binnie – Harbour View

Brennan, Binnie – A Certain Grace

Britt, Fanny – Hunting Houses

Bruneau, Carol – These Good Hands, Glass Voices

Bruneau, Carol – A Bird on Every Tree

Bruneau, Carol – A Circle on the Surface

Bryan, Ali – Roost

Bryan, Ali – The Figgs

Buckler, Ernest – The Mountain and the Valley

Buffie, Erna – Let Us Be True

Butler, Jenna – A Profession of Hope

Butler, Paul – The Widow’s Fire

Bydlowska, Jowita – Drunk Mom, Guy


Cahill, Matt – The Society of Experience

Cameron, Claire – The Bear

Canning, Bridget – The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes

Carlucci, Paul – The High-Rise in Fort Fierce

Carter, Lauren – Swarm

Carter, Lauren – Following Sea

Chariandy, David – Brother

Choyce, Lesley – The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil

Christie, Evie – The Bourgeois Empire

Christie, Michael – If I Fall, If I Die

Clark, Joan – The Birthday Lunch

Clarke, George Elliott – George and Rue

Coles, Megan Gail – Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome

Comeau, Joey – Overqualified

Comeau, Joey – Malagash

Conlin, Christy Ann – Heave, The Memento

Conlin, Christy Ann – Watermark

Connelly, Karen – The Change Room

Cooper, Sally – With My Back to the World

Crocker, Eva – Barrelling Forward

Crummey, Michael – River Thieves

Crummey, Michael – Sweetland, Little Dogs

Cull, Kerri – Rock Paper Sex

Curran, Oisín – Blood Fable

Cusk, Rachel – Transit

Cutter, Nick – The Troop


Dagnino, Arianna – The Afrikaner

Daniell, Ruth – boobs: Women Explore What It means To Have Breasts

Davidson, Craig – Precious Cargo

Davies, Robertson – Tempest-Tost

Davis, Lauren B. – The Empty Room, Our Daily Bread, Against A Darkening Sky, The Radiant City

Davis, Lauren B. – The Grimoire of Kensington Market

Davison, Nicola – In the Wake

Dawn, Amber – How Poetry Saved My Life

Day, Dian – The Madrigal (James’ review)

Day, Dian – The Madrigal (My review)

de Mariaffi, Elisabeth – The Devil You Know

Deacon, Gillian – Naked Imperfection

De Sa, Anthony – Kicking the Sky

Desjardins, Martine – Maleficium

deWitt, Patrick – French Exit

Dimaline, Cherie – The Marrow Thieves

Doctor, Farzana – All Inclusive

Domet, Stephanie – Fallsy Downsies, Homing

Donoghue, Emma – Astray, The Wonder

Donoghue, Emma – Room

Drake, Aaron Cully – Do You Think This Is Strange?

Dumont, Claudine – Captive

Dumont, Dawn – Nobody Cries at Bingo

DuPont, Eric – Songs for the Cold of Heart


Echlin, Kim – Under the Visible Life

Eddie, Christine – The Douglas Notebooks

Edugyan, Esi – Half-Blood Blues

Edugyan, Esi – Washington Black

Eisen, Max – By Chance Alone

El Akkad, Omar – American War

Elliott, Marilyn Davidson – The Blind Mechanic

Endicott, Marina – Good To A Fault, Close To Hugh

Evans, Kate – The Inward Journey


Faber, Sarah – All Is Beauty Now

Fallis, Terry – No Relation

Ferguson, Will – Happiness

Findley, Timothy – The Wars

Fishbane, Melanie J. – Maud

Fitzpatrick, Jamie – The End of Music

Flieger, Jon R. – You Are Among Monsters

Foss, Krista – Smoke River

Foulds, Adam – Dream Sequence

Fowles, Stacey May – Infidelity

Francis, Brian – Fruit

Frost, Karolyn Smardz – Steal Away Home


Galloway, Steven – The Cellist of Sarajevo

Galloway, Steven – The Confabulist

Gault, Cinda – This Godforsaken Place

Gault, Connie – A Beauty

Gibb, Camilla – Sweetness in the Belly

Glenn Norris, Laurie – Found Drowned

Gowdy, Barbara – We So Seldom Look on Love

Graham, Catherine – Quarry

Graham, Genevieve – Tides of HonourPromises to Keep

Graham, Genevieve – Come From Away

Greer, Darren – Just Beneath My Skin

Greer, Darren – Advocate

Grove, Frederick Philip – Settlers of the Marsh

Gruen, Sara – At the Water’s Edge


Hage, Rawi – Cockroach

Hallett, Michelle Butler – This Marlowe

Hardcastle, Kevin – In the Cage

Harrison, A.S.A. – The Silent Wife

Hawley, Alix – All True Not A Lie In It

Hay, Elizabeth – Late Nights on Air

Heiti, Matthew – The City Still Breathing

Hellard, Tyler – Searching for Terry Punchout

Helwig, David – The Stand-In

Helwig, David – Killing McGee

Henstra, Sarah – The Red Word

Heti, Sheila – Motherhood

Hill, Andria – Mona Parsons

Hill, Lawrence – The Illegal, Dear Sir I Intend to Burn Your Book, Black Berry Sweet Juice

Holdstock, Pauline – Here I Am!

Hosking, Jay – Three Years With the Rat

Huebert, David – Peninsula Sinking

Humphreys, Helen – Coventry

Hynes, Joel Thomas – We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Day


Ingram, Katie – Breaking Disaster

Itani, Frances – Deafening, Tell


Jacobs, Heidi L.M. – Molly of the Mall

Jewell, Sara – Field Notes: A City Girl’s Search for Heart and Home in Rural Nova Scotia

Joe, Rita – Songs of Eskasoni

Johnston, Wayne – Baltimore’s Mansion

Jones, Amy – We’re All In This Together

Jones, Amy – Every Little Piece of Me

joudry, shalan – Elapultiek, Generations Re-merging

Juby, Susan – The Woefield Poultry Collective


Kaufman, Andrew – The Tiny Wife

King, Thomas – The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

Kogawa, Joy – Obasan

Komar, Debra – The Ballad of Jacob Peck

Koul, Scaachi – One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

Krukoff, Devin – Hummingbird

Kutsukake, Lynne – The Translation of Love


Laffoley, Steven – The Blue Tattoo

Laffoley, Steven – A Halifax Christmas Carol

Lansens, Lori – The Mountain Story

Lapena, Shari – The Couple Next Door

Laurence, Margaret – The Stone Angel

Lavoie, Marie-Renee – Autopsy of a Boring Wife, Mister Roger and Me

Lee, Nancy – The Age

Leroux, Catherine – The Party Wall

Leroux, Catherine – Madame Victoria

Leung, Carrianne – That Time I Loved You

Lewis, Marc – The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not A Disease

Lim, Thea – An Ocean of Minutes

Lindberg, Tracey – Birdie

LoveGrove, Jennifer – Watch How We Walk

Lye, Harriet Alida – The Honey Farm


MacDonald, Ann-Marie – Adult Onset

MacLeod, Alistair – Remembrance

MacLeod, Alistair – The Boat, In the Fall, As Birds Bring Forth the Sun

MacNeil, Beatrice – The Geranium Window

Maharaj, Rabindranath – Adjacentland

Major, Kevin – Found Far and Wide

Mandel, Emily St. John – Station Eleven, Last Night in Montreal

Marais, Bianca – Hum If You Don’t Know the Words

Marston, Missy – Bad Ideas, The Love Monster

Mathieu, Eric – The Little Fox of Mayerville

McAdam, Colin – A Beautiful Truth

McDougall, Carol – Wake the Stone Man

Messud, Claire – The Woman Upstairs

Mian, Sarah – When the Saints

Michaels, Sean – Us Conductors

Michaud, Andrée A. – Boundary: The Last Summer

Miller, K.D. – All Saints and Late Breaking

Montgomery, L.M. – Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne’s House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside, The Blythes are Quoted, Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs, Emily’s Quest

Moodie, Susanna – Roughing It In the Bush

Moore, Brian – The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Moore, Lisa – Caught, Flannery

Moore, Lisa – Something for Everyone

Morgan-Cole, Trudy – Most Anything You Please

Morrissey, Donna – The Fortunate Brother

Murphy, Matthew – A Beckoning War


Nason, Riel – The Town That Drowned, All the Things We Leave Behind

Nawaz, Saleema – Bone & Bread

Neale, Jen – Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

Nielsen, Susin – The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Nielsen, Susin – We Are All Made of Molecules


O’Loughlin, Ed – Minds of Winter

O’Neill, Heather – The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Ondaatje, Michael – In the Skin of A Lion

Oppel, Kenneth – The Nest


Page, Kathy – The Two of Us

Page, Kathy – Dear Evelyn

Palka, Kurt – The Piano Maker

Peacock, Molly – Alphabetique

Pelley, Chad – Every Little Thing, Away From Everywhere, Four-Letter Words

Peterson, Zoey Leigh – Next Year, For Sure

Pflug, Ursula – Mountain

Phinney, Sandra – Waking Up in My Own Backyard

Powell, Kerry Lee – Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush

Powning, Beth – A Measure of Light

Poynter, Adele – Dancing In a Jar

Preston, Rachael – The Wind Seller


Quarrington, Paul – King Leary

Quimper, Charles – In Every Wave

Quist, Jennifer – Love Letters of the Angel of Death


Rachman, Tom – The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

Raddall, Thomas H. – The Nymph and the Lamp, Hangman’s Beach

Raddall, Thomas H. – At the Tide’s Turn

Redhill, Michael – Bellevue Square

Reid, Raziel – When Everything Feels Like the Movies

Reid-Benta, Zalika – Frying Plantain

Rice, Waubgeshig – Moon of the Crusted Snow

Richardson, C.S. – The End of the Alphabet

Robart-Johnson, Sharon – Africa’s Children

Robillard, Leo Brent – The Road To Atlantis

Robinson, Eden – Son of A Trickster

Rosenblum, Rebecca – So Much Love

Ross, Cecily – The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie

Ruddock, Jesse – Shot-Blue


Sakamoto, Mark – Forgiveness

Salverson, Julie – Lines of Flight: An Atomic Memoir

Samuel, Sigal – The Mystics of Mile End

Saucier, Jocelyne – And the Birds Rained Down, Twenty-One Cardinals

Schofield, Anakana – Malarky

Schofield, Anakana – Martin John

Schofield, Anakana – Bina

Schultz, Emily – The Blondes

Scott, Genevieve – Catch My Drift 

Segura, Mauricio – Oscar

Selecky, Sarah – Radiant Shimmering Light

Selecky, Sarah – This Cake is For the Party

Shaw, RC – Louisbourg or Bust

Shields, Carol – Unless

Shields, Carol – Happenstance

Sinnott, Susan – Catching the Light

Skibsrud, Johanna – Tiger, Tiger

Slayter, Rebecca Silver – In the Land of Birdfishes

Smith, Neil – Boo

Smith, Russell – Confidence

Snyder, Carrie – Girl Runner

Spurway, Amy – Crow

Stenson, Fred – Who By Fire

Strube, Cordelia – Lemon

Swan, Mary – The Deep


Tacon, Claire – In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo

Tacon, Claire – In the Field

Tagaq, Tanya – Split Tooth

Tattrie, Jon – Black Snow

Thanh, Yasuko – Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains

Taylor, Susie – Even Weirder Than Before

Theriault, Denis – The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Thien, Madeleine – Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Dogs at the Perimeter

Thuy, Kim – Man

Thuy, Kim – Ru

Thuy, Kim – Vi

Toews, Miriam – All My Puny Sorrows

Toews, Miriam – Irma Voth

Toews, Miriam – Women Talking

Todd, Jack – Rose & Poe

Tremblay, Lise – Mile End


Unwin, Peter – Nine Bells for a Man


Vassanji, M.G. – Nostalgia

Vermette, Katherena – The Break

Victory Meat: New Fiction from Atlantic Canada, edited by Lynn Coady

Von Konigslow, Alexis – The Capacity For Infinite Happiness

Vryenhoek, Leslie – Ledger of the Open Hand


Wagamese, Richard – Ragged Company, Medicine Walk

Walters, Eric – Safe As Houses, Trapped In Ice

Walton, Jo – Among Others

Warner, Patrick – One Hit Wonders

Warner, Patrick – My Camino

Watt, Alison – Dazzle Patterns

Wesley, Gloria Ann – If This Is Freedom

Wharton, Thomas – Every Blade of Grass, Icefields

Whittall, Zoe – The Best Kind of People, Bottle Rocket Hearts

Wiersema, Robert J. – The World More Full of Weeping

Wilson, Budge – Before Green Gables, After Swissair

Winter, Kathleen – Annabel

Winter, Michael – Minister Without Portfolio

Winters, Michelle – I Am a Truck

Wunker, Erin – Notes From a Feminist Killjoy


York, Alissa – Fauna, The Naturalist

Young, Jared – Into the Current


Zentner, Alexi – Touch


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