With My Back to the World by Sally Cooper

Three stories, three women, three different places and times. It's 2010 Hamilton Ontario, and Rudie spends her day in a frenzy, getting ready for the most important event of her life - she is going to finally meet her daughter Roselore. Rudie and her husband Leo have adopted a girl from Haiti, and as a … Continue reading With My Back to the World by Sally Cooper

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Shadow Giller: Motherhood by Sheila Heti

I can see why Motherhood is getting mixed reactions from readers. For one thing, the entire book takes place inside the narrator's head - so we get to hear her every thought. Hearing someone's thoughts for pages at a time can start to feel claustrophobic - a whole book that dwells almost entirely on the … Continue reading Shadow Giller: Motherhood by Sheila Heti

Two Novellas: ‘The Pigeon’ by Patrick Süskind and ‘The End We Start From’ By Megan Hunter

The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind (1987) I read about this book at Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends, and loved the sound of it. Just a man over the course of one day of his life, albeit an unusual day for him compared to all the others, brought about by the presence of a pigeon. I was … Continue reading Two Novellas: ‘The Pigeon’ by Patrick Süskind and ‘The End We Start From’ By Megan Hunter

Literary Wives: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Literary Wives is an on-line book group that examines the meaning and role of wife in different books. Every other month, we post and discuss a book with this question in mind: What does this book say about wives or about the experience of being a wife? Don’t forget to check out the other members of Literary Wives … Continue reading Literary Wives: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill