Category: Literary Fiction.

Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

I’m reminded of a particular quote: “This might hurt a little. Be brave.” when I think of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. That sentence appears at the beginning of Megan Gail Coles’ book Small Game Hunting, but it’s all too...
Book Review: The Empress of Idaho by Todd Babiak

Book Review: The Empress of Idaho by Todd Babiak

A staple of the Alberta book scene, Todd Babiak is a familiar name to most. In addition to his talents as a writer, he is quite simply, a very funny person. He hosted the Alberta Literary Awards a few years ago, keeping the audience laughing throughout, and believe...
Book Review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos

Book Review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos

I had wanted to read this book for awhile now, and when I saw the author speak at a Wordfest event earlier this year I was struck by how eloquent and honest she was, which finally convinced me to pick it up. Joanne Ramos immigrated to America from the Philippines when...
Book Review: Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Book Review: Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

This review has been a long time coming. Not because I’ve put off writing it, but because it took me so bloody long to read this book: two whole months which is definitely a record for me. At 988 pages, many of those pages including just one long run-on...
Book Review: Starlight by Richard Wagamese

Book Review: Starlight by Richard Wagamese

How do you properly review a book that’s unfinished? Starlight by Richard Wagamese is the novel he was writing when he suddenly died, leaving can-lit lovers like myself in mourning. With his death, we lost a compassionate and wise writer who still had so much to...
Book Review: The Need by Helen Phillips

Book Review: The Need by Helen Phillips

As a mother of two young children, I was hesitant to pick up a book about a mother of two young children. Especially when this book is also about an intruder who breaks into the house while the mother is at home with her kids, and her husband is away on business. Have...