Category: Literary Fiction.

Book Review: Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

Book Review: Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

Can I get a hurrah for linked short story collections? Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta is a quiet yet decisive book that doesn’t gloss over the first and second generation immigrant experience in Canada. And instead of getting a disjointed look at these...
Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I wasn’t really planning on reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood for a few reasons; it had been ages since I’d read The Handmaid’s Tale, I hadn’t seen the television adaptation of it, and I figured everyone else would be reading this book,...
Book Review: Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor

Book Review: Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor

Written by the “grand dame of Dutch literature”, Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor is 122 pages of reminiscing and remembrance. Translated from the Dutch by David Doherty, it follows a widow over one sleepless night as she bakes a Bundt cake in the dead of winter,...
Book Review: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Book Review: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Bafflingly, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams has been called “A black Bridget Jones” by Kirkus Reviews, which in my mind, does a huge disservice to this taut, intelligent and dark read. Although the protagonist is searching for Mr. Right, men are clearly...
Book Review: Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones

Book Review: Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones

Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones is a book that will make you cringe. You’ll cringe because of the character’s actions, you’ll cringe because you’ll recognize the destructive behaviour they consistently engage in, you’ll cringe...
Book Review: The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron

Book Review: The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron is a unique sort of book; one of the two narratives it includes is told from the perspective of a Neanderthal, someone who doesn’t have developed language capabilities or a significant matter of reference that is relatable to us...