Canadian Book Reviews

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

Abdou, Angie – Home Ice

Adamson, Gil – Ridgerunner

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

Arthurson, Wayne – The Red Chesterfield

Ashby, Madeline – Company Town

Ashton, Jenn – People Like Frank

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

Atwood, Margaret – The Handmaid’s Tale (a re-read)

Atwood, Margaret – Stone Mattress

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

Atwood, Margaret – a variety of children’s books, Angel Catbird

Atwood, Margaret – Hag-Seed

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

Bascaramurty, Dakshana – This is Not the End of Me

Benjamin, Chris – Drive-By Saviours

Benjamin, Chris – Boy With A Problem

Beresford-Howe, Constance – The Book of Eve

Bergen, David – Stranger

Bergen, David – Here the Dark

Berkhout, Nina – Why Birds Sing

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

Best Canadian Stories 2019, edited by Caroline Adderson

Best, Laura – Good Mothers Don’t

Bezmozgis, David – Immigrant City

Black Writers Matter, edited by Whitney French

Blake, Becky – Proof I Was Here

Bowers, Cedar – Astra

Boyden, Joseph – The Orenda, Wenjack

Boyle, Frances – Tower/Seeking Shade

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

Bruneau, Carol – Brighten the Corner Where You Are

Bruneau, Carol – Depth Rapture

Bryan, Ali – Roost

Bryan, Ali – The Figgs

Buckler, Ernest – The Mountain and the Valley

Buffie, Erna – Let Us Be True

Burnet, Jaime – Crocuses Hatch From Snow

Bursey, Jeff – Unidentified man at left of photo

Bush, Catherine – Blaze Island

Butler, Jenna – A Profession of Hope

Butler, Paul – The Widow’s Fire

Butler, Paul – Mina’s Child

Bydlowska, Jowita – Drunk Mom, Guy

Cahill, Matt – The Society of Experience

Cameron, Claire – The Bear

Canning, Bridget – The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes

Canning, Bridget – Some People’s Children

Carlucci, Paul – The High-Rise in Fort Fierce

Campbell, Maria – Halfbreed

Carter, Lauren – Swarm

Carter, Lauren – Following Sea

Carter, Lauren – This Has Nothing To Do With You

Case, James – Ananias

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, Portia White

Coady, Lynn – Watching You Without Me 

Coles, Megan Gail – Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome

Coles, Megan Gail – Small Game Hunting At the Local Coward Gun Club

Colford, Ian – A Dark House and Other Stories

Colford, Ian – Perfect World

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

Crewe, Lesley – Are You Kidding Me?!

Crocker, Eva – Barrelling Forward

Crocker, Eva – All I Ask

Crummey, Michael – River Thieves

Crummey, Michael – Sweetland, Little Dogs

Crummey, Michael – The Innocents

Cull, Kerri – Rock Paper Sex

Curran, Oisín – Blood Fable

Currie, Sheldon – The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum

Curwin, Julie – The Appendage Formerly Known as Your Left Arm

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

Doctor, Farzana – Seven

Doctorow, Cory – Radicalized

Domet, Stephanie – Fallsy Downsies, Homing

Donoghue, Emma – Astray, The Wonder

Donoghue, Emma – The Pull of the Stars

Donoghue, Emma – Room

Doucet, Jane – The Pregnant Pause, Fishnets & Fantasies

Doyle, Terry – Dig

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

Ekwuyasi, Francesca – Butter Honey Pig Bread

El Akkad, Omar – American War

El Akkad, Omar – What Strange Paradise

Elliott, Marilyn Davidson – The Blind Mechanic

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

Endicott, The Difference

Evans, Kate – The Inward Journey

Faber, Sarah – All Is Beauty Now

Fallis, Terry – No Relation

Fenton, Andre – Annaka

Ferguson, Will – Happiness

Findley, Timothy – The Wars

Fishbane, Melanie J. – Maud

Fitch, Sheree – You Won’t Always Be This Sad

Fitzpatrick, Jamie – The End of Music

Flieger, Jon R. – You Are Among Monsters

Fortier, Jean-Michel – The Electric Baths

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

Good, Michelle – Five Little Indians

Gowdy, Barbara – We So Seldom Look on Love

Graham, Catherine – Quarry

Graham, Genevieve – Tides of HonourPromises to Keep

Graham, Genevieve – Come From Away, The Forgotten Home Child

Greer, Darren – Just Beneath My Skin

Greer, Darren – Advocate

Greer, Darren – Outcast

Gregor, James – Going Dutch

Grove, Frederick Philip – Settlers of the Marsh

Gruen, Sara – At the Water’s Edge

Gunraj, Andrea – The Lost Sister

Gunter, Jen – The Vagina Bible

Habib, Samra – We Have Always Been Here

Hage, Rawi – Cockroach

Hallett, Michelle Butler – This Marlowe

Hamilton, Sylvia D. – And I Alone Escaped to Tell You

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

Hemming, Deborah – Throw Down Your Shadows

Henstra, Sarah – The Red Word

Hernandez, Catherine – Crosshairs

Heti, Sheila – Motherhood

Hickey, Gemma – Almost Feral

Hill, Andria – Mona Parsons

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

Hlongwane, Gugu – Electric Fences

Holdstock, Pauline – Here I Am!

Hosking, Jay – Three Years With the Rat

Huebert, David – Peninsula Sinking

Hull, David – The Man Who Remembered the Moon

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

Jenner, Natalie – The Jane Austen Society

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

Joe, Rita – Songs of Eskasoni, I Lost My Talk

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, Waking Ground

Juby, Susan – The Woefield Poultry Collective

Kaufman, Andrew – The Tiny Wife

Kellough, Kaie – Dominoes at the Crossroads

Kimber, Stephen – The Sweetness in the Lime

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

Kishkan, Theresa – Winter Wren

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, Halifax Nocturne

Lalonde, Angelique – Glorious Frazzled Beings

Langille, Carole Glasser – Doing Time

Lansens, Lori – The Mountain Story

Lapena, Shari – The Couple Next Door

Larue, Stephane – The Dishwasher

Laurence, Margaret – The Stone Angel

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

Lavoie, Marie-Renee – A Boring Wife Settles the Score

Lee, Nancy – The Age

Leeson, Garry – The Dome Chronicles

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

Loney, Bretton – The Last Hockey Player

LoveGrove, Jennifer – Watch How We Walk

Lye, Harriet Alida – The Honey Farm

Lyon, Annabel – Consent

MacDonald, Ann-Marie – Adult Onset

MacDonald, Frank – A Forest for Calum

MacKinnon, J.B. – The Day the World Stops Shopping

MacLennan-Dunphy, Brenda – The Silence of the Vessel

MacLeod, Alistair – Remembrance

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

MacNeil, Beatrice – The Geranium Window

Maharaj, Rabindranath – Adjacentland

Major, Kevin – Found Far and Wide

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

Mandel, Emily St. John – The Glass Hotel

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

Marston, Missy – Bad Ideas, The Love Monster

Mason, Paul Nicholas – The Rogue Wave

Mathieu, Eric – The Little Fox of Mayerville

Maxymiw, Anna – Dirty Work

Mayr, Matt – Things Worth Burying

McAdam, Colin – A Beautiful Truth

McDougall, Carol – Wake the Stone Man

McGrath, Wendy – Santa Rosa/North East/Broke City

McKay Jr., Leo – Roll Up the Rim

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

Mitchell, Shandi – The Waiting Hours

Mohamed, Premee – The Annual Migration of Clouds

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, After Many Years

Moodie, Susanna – Roughing It In the Bush

Moore, Brian – The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Moore, Lisa – Caught, Flannery

Moore, Lisa – Something for Everyone

Mootoo, Shani – Polar Vortex

Morgan-Cole, Trudy J. – Most Anything You Please

Morgan-Cole – Trudy J. – A Roll of the Bones

Morrissey, Donna – The Fortunate Brother

Murphy, Matthew – A Beckoning War

Murray, Morgan – Dirty Birds

Mutonji, Tea – Shut Up You’re Pretty

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

Nothing Without Us, edited by Cait Gordon & Talia C. Johnson

Ohlin, Alix – Dual Citizens

O’Loughlin, Ed – Minds of Winter

O’Neill, Heather – The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Ondaatje, Michael – In the Skin of A Lion

Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, Cheluchi – The Son of the House

Oppel, Kenneth – The Nest

Osmond, Rosalie – Broken Symmetry

Page, Kathy – The Two of Us

Page, Kathy – Dear Evelyn

Palka, Kurt – The Piano Maker

Paperny, Anna Mehler – Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

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

Powley, Jen – Just Jen

Powning, Beth – A Measure of Light

Powning, Beth – The Sister’s Tale

Poynter, Adele – Dancing In a Jar

Preston, Rachael – The Wind Seller

Price, Steven – Lampedusa

Pugsley, Alex – Aubrey McKee

Quarrington, Paul – King Leary

Quiviger, Pascale – If You Hear Me

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, The Wings of Night

Redhill, Michael – Bellevue Square

Réhel, Jean-Christophe – Tatouine

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

Robart-Johnson, Sharon – Jude and Diana

Robillard, Leo Brent – The Road To Atlantis

Robinson, Eden – Son of A Trickster, Trickster Drift

Rosenblum, Rebecca – So Much Love

Rosnau, Laisha – Little Fortress

Ross, Cecily – The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie

Rubinstein, Dan – Born to Walk

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 

Seesequasis, Paul – Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun

Segura, Mauricio – Oscar

Selecky, Sarah – Radiant Shimmering Light

Selecky, Sarah – This Cake is For the Party

Seth – Clyde Fans

Shaw, RC – Louisbourg or Bust

Shields, Carol – Unless

Shields, Carol – Happenstance

Simpson, Anne – Speechless

Sinnott, Susan – Catching the Light

Skibsrud, Johanna – Tiger, Tiger

Slayter, Rebecca Silver – In the Land of Birdfishes

Slayter, Rebecca Silver – The Second History

Smith, Emily Taylor – Around the Province in 88 Days

Smith, Neil – Boo

Smith, Russell – Confidence

Snyder, Carrie – Girl Runner

Spurway, Amy – Crow

Stenson, Fred – Who By Fire

Strube, Cordelia – Lemon

Strutt, Lesley – On the Edge

Swan, Mary – The Deep

Tacon, Claire – In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo

Tacon, Claire – In the Field

Tagaq, Tanya – Split Tooth

Talaga, Tanya – Seven Fallen Feathers

Tater, Mallory – The Birth Yard

Tattrie, Jon – Black Snow

Taylor, Wanda – The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children

Thanh, Yasuko – Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains

Taylor, Alison – Aftershock

Taylor, Susie – Even Weirder Than Before

Thammavongsa, Souvankham – How To Pronounce Knife

Theis, Leona – If Sylvie Had Nine Lives

Theriault, Denis – The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

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

Thistle, Jesse – From the Ashes

Thomas, Joan – Five Wives

Thomas, Rebecca – I’m Finding My Talk, I Place You Into the Fire

Thuy, Kim – Man

Thuy, Kim – Ru

Thuy, Kim – Vi

Thuy, Kim – Em

Toews, Miriam – All My Puny Sorrows

Toews, Miriam – Irma Voth

Toews, Miriam – Women Talking

Toews, Miriam – Fight Night

Todd, Jack – Rose & Poe

Tremblay, Lise – Mile End

Twist, Arielle – Disintegrate/Dissociate

Unwin, Peter – Nine Bells for a Man

Vanderstoop, Doreen – Watershed

Vassanji, M.G. – Nostalgia

Vermette, Katherena – The Break

Vermette, Katherena – The Strangers

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

Vryenhoek, Leslie – We All Will Be Received

Wagamese, Richard – Ragged Company, Medicine Walk

Walbourne-Gough, Douglas – Crow Gulch

Wall, Aimee – We, Jane

Walters, Eric – Safe As Houses, Trapped In Ice

Walton, Jo – Among Others

Warner, Patrick – One Hit Wonders

Warner, Patrick – My Camino

Watson, Allison – Transplanted

Watt, Alison – Dazzle Patterns

Wesley, Gloria Ann – If This Is Freedom

Wharton, Thomas – Every Blade of Grass, Icefields

Whitehead, Joshua – Jonny Appleseed, Love After the End

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

Wicks, Heidi – Melt

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

Williams, Ian – Reproduction

Wilson, Budge – Before Green Gables, After Swissair

Wilson, Martha – Nosy White Woman

Winn, Vanessa – Trappings

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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