When the Hill Came Down by Susan White

New Brunswick author Susan White writes great stories, suitable for young adult readers on up. Past reviews here at TMR include Fear of Drowning, The Memory Chair and Waiting for Still Water. Fine stories all, and I highly recommend them. Now, PEI’s Acorn Press has released her latest, When the Hill Came Down, a story about loss, jealousy, childhood abuse/misuse, love, and redemption.…

Blue Summer by Jim Nichols

Maine’s Jim Nichols is one of those authors who write of their locale (in Mr. Nichols’ case, the fictional Baxter, Maine) in a way similar to that of Miramichi’s Wayne Curtis: it transcends the small-town environs with a larger than life writing style. In other words, you don’t have to live here (or there) to “get it”.

It has been five years since Islandport Press released Mr.…

The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe

Reading a novel by Lesley Cynthia Crewe is like covering yourself in an old quilt. You know you can settle in and get cozy, wrap yourself in the words and let the characters and their memories keep you company as you read.

Emmeline Darling, the book’s main character, revisits her past as she reads aloud from her memoir at a writing class she takes in her retirement years.…

What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home by Sonja Boon

In an effort to expand the range of titles we review here at The Miramichi Reader, I will often browse the book catalogues of Canadian university presses. These publishers often get overlooked by those of us outside academia, but they truly produce some fascinating non-fiction titles, and Sonja Boon’s What the Oceans Remember from Waterloo, Ontario’s Wilfred Laurier University Press is no exception.…