Category: Literary Fiction.

Book Review: Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Book Review: Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

There’s something about a book set in a creepy old house. I’ve read a few of them lately that have really stuck with me, but Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller is different in that the house itself isn’t the scariest thing about the book (although it...
Book Review: Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

Book Review: Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

I’ve been meaning to read and review Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq for awhile now… since October, to be exact. I saw Tagaq perform in Calgary as part of Wordfest, and once I listened to her read it out loud, I knew I’d enjoy reading it myself too. Her...
Book Review: The Amateurs by Liz Harmer

Book Review: The Amateurs by Liz Harmer

The Amateurs by Liz Harmer is hard to slot into one category;  it’s literary, philosophical, dystopian and science fiction, all within 300-ish pages. Even the publishers had to use other books like The Leftovers by Tom Perotta, The Year of the Flood by Margaret...
Book Review: French Exit by Patrick deWitt

Book Review: French Exit by Patrick deWitt

I adore this book. I knew I would, there’s a cat on the cover and I heard Patrick deWitt read from it during his Giller event here in Calgary last year and the section he read was HILARIOUS. Luckily the rest of the book lived up to his stellar performance, and I...
Book Review: To Me You Seem Giant by Greg Rhyno

Book Review: To Me You Seem Giant by Greg Rhyno

I’m making more of an effort to read out of my comfort zone these days, and To Me You Seem Giant by Greg Rhyno is a definitely a great example of this. It’s about music and teenage boys, both things I’m not too interested in these days (mind you, it...
Book Review: The Strays by Emily Bitto

Book Review: The Strays by Emily Bitto

Last year, a book called The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman was released, it was all about a famous artist and the people who circled around him. It also had a beautiful cover; a collage of vibrantly coloured paints splashed onto a canvas. Similar to that book, The...