Daughter of Here by Ioana Georgescu, translated by Katia Grubisic

Ionana Georgescu’s debut novel, Daughter of Here, was a cinema lover’s delight to read. Consider her opening page::

I sweep open the heavy wine-coloured velvet curtains like a figure skater. By the window, the marble of the alcove floor is ice under my bare feet. The lace lining is brown like a chain-smoker’s fingers. I tug on the fabric from one side and then the other.…

The Philistine by Leila Marshy

Montrealer Leila Marshy is of Palestinian-Newfoundland heritage and The Philistine (2018, Linda Leith Publishing) is her first novel. The Philistine is the story of Nadia Eid, the daughter of a Palestinian father and a Scottish-Canadian woman. Her father, Bishara, lives mostly in Egypt where he works for British Petroleum, so Nadia has seen very little of him over the years. She lives with her boyfriend Daniel, in Montreal the city of her birth.…