The Madrigal by Dian Day

The Madrigal had me from the very first paragraph... I was the aberration in my family: a single child. My mother had three sets of identical twins, and then me. Two boys, two boys, two boys. At least if I had been a girl it would have been some consolation for all of us. But … Continue reading The Madrigal by Dian Day

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Oscar by Mauricio Segura, translated by Donald Winkler

Going into this book I knew who Oscar Peterson was, where he came from, and what kind of music he played. I'm not a big jazz fan, but it's hard not to admire the way he plays the piano. However, I didn't know anything else about his life, so I am glad to have had … Continue reading Oscar by Mauricio Segura, translated by Donald Winkler

The End of Music by Jamie Fitzpatrick

I read The End of Music shortly after reading Most Anything You Please. Both are set in Newfoundland, both involve music as an important part of the characters' stories, and both are set (at least partly) during the war and post-war years. They share many similarities, yet are very different. Where Most Anything You Please … Continue reading The End of Music by Jamie Fitzpatrick

Shadow Giller: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing is all over the internet right now, perhaps due to its spot as a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, and more recently it has become the 2016 winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction.┬áBecause of all the already-existing fabulous reviews that abound I'm going to try … Continue reading Shadow Giller: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien