When Ydessa Bloom’s husband dies in a Cessna crash in a mid-Ontario lake, she rents a cottage at that lake, without really comprehending why, and stays for three months. There she meets three people who will influence her life dramatically—her landlady, a yoga teacher, and a precocious eight-year-old boy named Henry Rattle.
A thrilling apocalyptic tale that rushes from the inside of a prison to a world that feels even more dangerous. The End couldn’t have come at a better time for Gerald Nichols.
Drawing on faded archival copies, hours of interviews and first-hand accounts, Ann Burke follows the life of Ronald Glen West, once referred to as 'Canada's .22-Calibre Killer'.
Penn Kemp’s River Revery came to me just before Christmas. It FELT like a present; the cover – Mary McDonald photo, Mike O’Connor design – a copse of evergreens reaching, waving, to an avian line, all in reverential shades of aquamarine.
Publisher at Urban Farmhouse Press and poet D. A. Lockhart is A Turtle Clan member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation, and Devil in the Woods (2019, Brick Books) is his latest collection of poetry.
Living in New Brunswick, one is all too aware of the position logging played in its history. Masts and wood for sailing ships, houses, fireplaces and the list goes on. It is a similar story with other heavily forested parts of Canada such as Quebec and Northern Ontario, where Matt Mayr's exceptional sophomore novel Things Worth Burying is set.
Catharine Leggett's debut novel The Way to Go Home (2019, Urbanfarmhouse Press) is an ambitious one, and it comes on the heels of her shorty story collection, In Progress. While I enjoyed that book, I was anticipating how good a full-length novel by Ms. Leggett might be. At a little over 370 pages, it is a far cry from the short-story length, yet the essence of her mature writing style has remained intact, I am happy to say.
Award-winning author, Susan White's new book Fear of Drowning is an epic family saga set against the backdrop of two world wars, earthquakes, epidemics, prejudice, social injustice, greed and ambition.
Bad Ideas is a great read, a well-balanced mix of pathos and humour that I rated as four stars at Goodreads.
After a life that rubbed up against the century’s great events in New York City, Mexico, and Montreal, 96-year-old Cassandra MacCallum is surviving well enough, alone on her island, when a young Burmese woman contacts her, claiming to be kin.
Set in southern Ontario during the 1980s, acclaimed poet Catherine Graham's debut novel is as layered as the open-pit mine for which it is named.