I was planning to post a few Canadian titles before Christmas. I didn’t make it but here is the list in case you are looking for some exotic foreign reading.
Not in any particular order. None of them will disappoint.
- February by Lisa Moore. An amazing writer, an amazing portrait of one women’s grief after her husband is killed on an oil rig disaster off the coast of Newfoundland.
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews. A 16 year old Mormon girl tells it like it is.
- Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neil. A girl is raised by her drug-addicted father. A book that demonstrates family is more important than perfect family.
- Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen. I love this book. The Lady in question is the Blessed Virgin Mary who is tired out from answering everyone’s prayers, in one guise or another (Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima.) This BVM wears running shoes and has an ATM card and suddenly appears in a middlesize Canadian city on the shore of a lake.
- Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. Three Native Canadians serve in WWI. This book won Canada’s highest literary honour, The Giller Prize.
- The Disappeared by Kim Echlin. Set in Montreal and Cambodia, this book was nominated for the Giller Prize this year.
- Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro. My favourite book by Alice, the Chekov of our time according to The New Yorker. It contains my favourite short story, Five Points. I read it over a few times before I write anything.
- Sisters in the Wilderness by Charlotte Gray. This one is non-fiction. After you read about the lives of two sisters who emigrated (with their hapless husbands) to Upper Canada from Britain in the early 19th century, you will never complain about anything in your life again.
- The Wildfire Season by Andrew Pyper. The review starts out “This novel is on fire…” A man living in the far north is surprised by the sudden arrival of the woman he left behind five years before. She has brought with her the child he fathered. Someone is setting fires. One of the characters in this novel is a bear.
My Irish Grandmother always said “There’s luck in odd numbers.” so I’m going to stop here.
That ought to keep you out of trouble for a while.
That’s the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan in the picture btw.