The Doomsday Book Of Fairy Tales By Emily Brewes is an astounding tale of a dangerous quest, a talking dog, and fragmented fairy tales in an eerie post-climate collapse future.
Precocious ten-year-old Vanessa Dudley-Morris knows lots of secrets. In 1949 when she and her family are forced to move into two rooms on the second floor of 519 Jarvis Street in Toronto, a genteel but somewhat rundown rooming house owned by a reclusive pianist, she learns a lot more.
Phillip Ernest's newest book, The Far Himalaya is one of those novels that you will either like or dislike. The subject matter and the way it plays out could be polarizing to some readers, but for those that persist in reading it, a fine story is to be found within its pages.
At the heart of John Delacourt's Butterfly is a simple enough story: blackmail and robbery gone very wrong with the principle characters fleeing the law as well as each other. But there is much more to Butterfly, for it is an exceptional literary crime-suspense novel.
Andrea Gunraj is the author of The Sudden Disappearance of Seetha (2009, Knopf Canada), her first novel. The Lost Sister (2019, Vagrant Press) is two stories (or really two separate novels) which Ms. Gunraj has cleverly interleaved and zipped up into one considerable read, so that we have two stories, both with a "lost sister."
The life of Iranian exiles in Toronto and the rumour that there is a traitorous woman in their midst provides drama and a lot of soul-searching in A Palace in Paradise.
Airborne: Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike (2019, Goose Lane Editions) is the author's memoirs of his father, his love of flying and his cherished Smith biplane, known by its call letters, FAM.