Q&A with Chris Benjamin, author of Boy With A Problem

The twelve stories in Boy With A Problem tap into "the heart of our deeply human fear of failing to truly connect with others." Smart, compassionate, and insightful, Benjamin is able to say things through his stories without actually saying them. Gemma Marr, in her review at The Miramichi Reader, mentions the "one-sentence insights" that … Continue reading Q&A with Chris Benjamin, author of Boy With A Problem

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

I absolutely loved this story about three Nigerian women who "must address the wounds of the past if they are to reconcile and move forward." The story is narrated by each of the women, alternately. Kambirinachi Kambirinachi believes she is an Ogbanje--"a spirit that plagues a family with grief by dying repeatedly in childhood and … Continue reading Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

Melt by Heidi Wicks

Warning: Slightly spoilery! August wasn't that long ago, right? At least, it doesn't feel that long ago since I read Melt. I remember being smitten by the cover (isn't it beautiful?) and taken in by the thirty-year-long friendship between the two women. It can't be easy to write about a long friendship--friendships are complicated--but Wicks … Continue reading Melt by Heidi Wicks

#1956Club: The Wings of Night by Thomas H. Raddall

Imagine my excitement when I saw that October's date for Karen's and Simon's Club series was 1956, and that I was going to be able to check another Thomas Raddall book off my list! And check out this cover! Is it as cheesy as the cover makes it look? Surprisingly, not at all. Yes, the … Continue reading #1956Club: The Wings of Night by Thomas H. Raddall

Atlantic Book Awards 2020 Winners!

(The highlighted titles will take you to reviews written by myself or some of my other blogging friends.) 1.  Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction A Dark House and Other Stories by Ian Colford (Vagrant Press – a Nimbus imprint) DIG by Terry Doyle(Breakwater Books) Nosy White Woman by Martha Wilson(Biblioasis) 2.  Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s … Continue reading Atlantic Book Awards 2020 Winners!

Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction

The nominees for the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction will take you to three distinct areas of Nova Scotia: Yarmouth, Lunenburg, and Cape Breton. From the 1910s and 40s to the present day. The Difference by Marina Endicott, Knopf Canada I was overjoyed by the inclusion of this book on the list. It is … Continue reading Atlantic Book Awards 2020: Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction

Women Who Disappear: We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek and Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake

We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek After loving Vryenhoek's first novel, I was looking forward to this one - and, once again (as I suspected), I was wholly enthralled by the lives of her characters. Disappearing would be as simple as sliding off the edge, as stretching one leg forward and following it … Continue reading Women Who Disappear: We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek and Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake

Three Recent Library Reads: Boundaries, Lung Transplants, and Dirty Dishes

Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady I have loved Lynn Coady's short stories, but had yet to read one of her novels. As is often the case, I am starting from most recent and will be working my way back. Watching You Without Me is narrated by Karen, who is telling her own story … Continue reading Three Recent Library Reads: Boundaries, Lung Transplants, and Dirty Dishes