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Green Gables

Green Gables

Lucy Maud Montgomery's Favourite Places
by Deirdre Kessler, by (photographer) Alanna Jankov
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The landscape of Prince Edward Island set Lucy Maud Montgomery's imagination on fire. This book explores the places where she grew up and explores the settings of her most famous works of fiction.
Green Gables, once the home of Montgomery's relatives, is now furnished and decorated based on descriptions in her most famous novel. Nearby is the aut …

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Waste Heritage

Waste Heritage

A Novel
by Irene Baird, edited by Colin Hill
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A new critical edition of the acknowledged best Canadian novel of the 1930s. Irene Baird’s Waste Heritage is a groundbreaking work of Canadian fiction based on the dramatic and violent labour disputes that took place in British Columbia in 1938. The story follows the progress of two friends, Matt Striker, a 23-year-old from Saskatchewan, and his …

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Dry Water

Dry Water

A Novel by Robert J.C. Stead
by Robert J.C. Stead, edited by Neil Querengesser & Jean Horton
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Dry Water tells the story of Donald Strand, from the time of his arrival as a ten-year-old orphan at his relatives’ Manitoba farm in 1890 to his apogee as a successful farmer. It recounts the crises he faces during a troubled marriage and the great stock market crash of 1929. His life parallels the growth and development of Manitoba during the sa …

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The Famished Lover

The Famished Lover

by Alan Cumyn
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In this much anticipated follow-up to The Sojourn, Alan Cumyn continues the story of Ramsay Crome, an artist who never quite came home from the First World War. The horrors of his years in a German prisoner of war camp continue to haunt him, as does the idealized memory of his long-lost sweetheart, his beautiful Margaret. It is those memories that …

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Random Illuminations

Random Illuminations

Conversations with Carol Shields
by Eleanor Wachtel
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A great conversation can offer insight into the hearts and minds of its participants. In this intimate, wide-ranging collection of conversations (and some correspondence), writer-broadcaster Eleanor Wachtel and her friend, author Carol Shields, touch on both the personal and the professional. Eleanor Wachtel first met Carol Shields in 1980; her fir …

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Going Fast

Going Fast

by Elaine McCluskey
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In this punchy, uproarious romp of a novel, the Halifax boxing world — peopled with has-beens, wannabes, and posers dressed in spandex, leopard prints, and tie-die — touches gloves with the colourful world of sports reporting. Both groups need something hot with speedy delivery. Enter a cast of misfits. There's Turmoil Davies, an enigmatic Trin …

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Perfecting

Perfecting

by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
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With blood on his hands, Curtis Woolf flees his home in New Mexico for Canada, where he starts a religious commune, the Family. There he heals others and preaches pacifism while enduring the torment of this own damaged soul. Then his lover, Martha, finds his gun and goes south to discover the truth, whatever that might be. Curtis sets out to bring …

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The Darren Effect

The Darren Effect

by Libby Creelman
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An affair. A marriage. Accidental encounters. A secret spying mission masquerading as research for a short story on desire. This is the rich ground from with The Darren Effect springs, carrying us through the complexities, tragedies, and unanticipated triumphs of love and loss. The Darren Effect is a miraculous novel, in which the characters coales …

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YOU comma Idiot

YOU comma Idiot

by Doug Harris
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Winner, Quiddity Award for Best Book Trailer
Shortlisted, Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and QWF First Book Prize

"You're the kind of guy who falls in love after one date."

Marginalized and alienated, perennial fuck-up Lee Goodstone is a resounding zero: a low-rent hash-dealer with delusions of inadequacy. He's content to while away the …

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Tide Road

Tide Road

by Valerie Compton
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Shortlisted, Thomas Head Raddall Award

When Stella disappears, leaving her toddler and husband behind, her mother Sonia, a widowed farm wife and former lighthouse keeper, struggles to face the possibility that her daughter may not have slipped through the ice. She may have been pushed.

In a intensely memorable narrative with the deceptive pull of an …

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If I Could Turn and Meet Myself

If I Could Turn and Meet Myself

The Life of Alden Nowlan
by Patrick Toner
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At his death in 1985, Alden Nowlan stood in the first rank of Canadian writers. Today, his poetry is beloved by Maritimers and popular across Canada and in the US as well. If I Could Turn and Meet Myself tells his life story, from his birth to a 14-year-old mother in 1933 through his impoverished childhood, his disturbed adolescence, his newspaper …

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No Pain Like This Body

No Pain Like This Body

by Harold Sonny Ladoo
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Set in a turn-of-the-century Hindu community in the Eastern Caribbean, No Pain Like this Body describes the perilous existence of a poor rice-growing family during the August rainy season. Their struggles to cope with illness, a drunken and unpredictable father, and the violence of the elements end in unbearable loss.

Through vivid, vertiginous pros …

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Leaving Dublin

Leaving Dublin

Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada
by Brian Brennan
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Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada is an engaging and entertaining exploration of a man’s life that begins in middle-class Dublin, includes stints as a travelling musician and broadcaster in Canada, and culminates in a career as an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. With passion, candour, humour and vivid stories, …

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The Path to Ardroe

The Path to Ardroe

by John Lent
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The Path to Ardroe is an exploration of friendship and its limits, life changes, and the challenges and aspirations of writers. Peter Chisholm wrestles with his craft just as his writer friend Rick Connelly does; so too does the novice Melissa, the daughter of their friends Ronnie and Carol. Trapped by his own deceptions, Peter finds himself at for …

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A Year at River Mountain

A Year at River Mountain

by Michael Kenyon
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Part intellectual mystery and part spiritual adventure, A Year at River Mountain tells the story of an aging actor from Vancouver who has immersed himself in monastic life inChina and is now examining his past as an actor, husband,and father. As his Western consciousness grapples with Taoist philosophies and acupressure techniques, he assesses his …

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Somewhere In-Between

Somewhere In-Between

by Donna Milner
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Following tragic events, from which Julie O’Dale believes she and her husband, Ian, will never recover, Julie buys into Ian’s dream to give up their comfortable city lives and retreat to the Chilcotin area of British Columbia. Along with a team of draft horses, four cow ponies, and the range cattle, which are included in the purchase of the rem …

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The Reddening Path

The Reddening Path

by Amanda Hale
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The Reddening Path is the story of Paméla who, adopted as an infant by Hannah & Fern, a Toronto lesbian couple, travels to Guatamala to search for her birth mother. Her quest uncovers a tangle of political and romantic intrigue as Paméla discovers her Mayan heritage and learns about the complexities of life in Guatemala. Resonating throughout is …

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A

A

by Andre Alexis
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A is a work of fiction in which André Alexis presents the compelling narrative of Alexander Baddeley, a Toronto book reviewer obsessed with the work of the elusive and mythical poet Avery Andrews. Baddeley is in awe of Andrews’s ability as a poet – more than anything he wants to understand the inspiration behind his work – so much so that, f …

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Some Extremely Boring Drives

Some Extremely Boring Drives

by Marguerite Pigeon
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From the multi-talented author of Inventory and Open Pit comes a new collection of short stories, filled with lost souls drifting through exotic locales, reinventing themselves on the fly.

Marguerite Pigeon’s gifts for quick characterization and muscular dialogue are on full display in this collection, where you will encounter competitors in an en …

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A Fit Month for Dying

A Fit Month for Dying

by M. T. Dohaney
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A Fit Month for Dying is the third book in M.T. Dohaney's highly praised trilogy about the women of Newfoundland's outports. Fans of The Corrigan Women and To Scatter Stones will embrace this book, while those reading the author for the first time will discover her characteristic bittersweet humour. Tess Corrigan seems to be living the good life. S …

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Bats or Swallows

Bats or Swallows

by Teri Vlassopoulos
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tagged : contemporary women, short stories (single author), literary

Shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

The innocence and clarity of Teri Vlassopoulos’s narrative voice reveals new and unexpected layers. The characters in these stories look for signs and omens as they attempt to understand events in their lives by framing them in abstract superstitions. The stories in Bats and Swallows are sharp, accur …

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Ghost Pine: All Stories True

Ghost Pine: All Stories True

by Jeff Miller
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Ghost Pine: All Stories True offers thirteen years worth of sparkling true stories from the life of author Jeff Miller, compiling the best of his long-running zine. From his youth in suburban Ottawa in the late 1990s, to travels across Canada and North America and his current home in Montreal, Miller’s stories are equal measures funny and sad, no …

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Fear of Fighting

Fear of Fighting

by Stacey May Fowles, illustrated by Marlena Zuber
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Combining Stacey May Fowles’s humorous, biting prose with Marlena Zuber’s whimsical and raw illustrations, Fear of Fighting searches for meaning in the mundane. Set in the lonely, urban landscape of downtown Toronto, the story revolves around Marnie, a broken-hearted young woman fighting to find something more.

"Fowles navigates the devastating …

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In a Mist

In a Mist

by Devon Code
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In a Mist explores longing, loss and isolation. This debut collection of short stories examines the lives of socially isolated individuals with obsessive interests and desires. These lonely protagonists find solace in emotionally evocative forms of cultural expression such as early jazz, classic cinema and renaissance motets. The transcendent poten …

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Transits

Transits

Stories from In-Between
by Jaime Forsythe
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Ten emerging Canadian writers explore pace and place in stories where movement is central. Transits is about people who are mobile and things which are transient, (im)migrating, running away, coming home, waiting.

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The Same Woman

The Same Woman

by Thea Lim
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Grade: 11
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Ruby returns to the scene of a recent heartbreak, only to find the woman her lover left her for around every corner. A soap opera of gleeful rumours and turf wars ensues, and Ruby comes to wonder why a woman she’s never spoken to now embodies all of her problems.

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The Art of Trespassing

The Art of Trespassing

by Anna Leventhal
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Grade: 12
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Contributors explore the urban systems and structures that frame our everyday lives. The Art of Trespassing imagines networks, neighbourhoods, and relationships, exposing them as both confining and liberating.

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So It Won't Go Away

So It Won't Go Away

by John Lent
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The gluttonous, jazz-loving character of Neil Connelly in John Lent’s So It Won’t Go Away can never get enough out of life, no matter how much he over-indulges his desires: “Drinking, smoking, sex: a man’s hands twittering, eyes bugged out in a desperate longing to be held, fondled, stuffed, stroked. Guzzling and inhaling things in a big gr …

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Costume and Bone

Costume and Bone

by Lucinda Johnston
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Set in the downtown Toronto of the 1980s, these two stories are told with an intricacy which powerfully evokes both sense and dream. An anorexic who embraces poverty after a childhood of privilege attends a small dinner party where she confronts secrets and lies of the past and present. Dominant in his relationships with an Ojibwe wife and a ballet …

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That Summer in Franklin

That Summer in Franklin

by Linda Hutsell-Manning
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That Summer in Franklin explores the lives of Hannah Norcroft and Colleen Pinser, and the trauma and heartbreak of dealing with parents affected by dementia and alcoholism.

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Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands

by Hubert Aquin
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This bilingual edition is the first English translation of Aquin's ground-breaking novella. Alone in exotic Naples, an impassioned François anticipates the arrival of girlfriend Hélène. Uncertainty and impatience warp his waiting into an obsessive mélange of recollection and speculation. His interior monologue threads its way through a diso …

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You're In Canada Now . . .

You're In Canada Now . . .

A Memoir of Sorts
by Susan Musgrave
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Evocative and superbly rakish, these essays are a generous diagnosis of the often offbeat worlds of family, writing, travel, sex and death as interpreted through the real life adventures of Susan Musgrave. Equally at home recounting the lore of her outlaw husband Stephen Reid, or interpreting the arcane rituals of her teenage girls, Musgrave brings …

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Sweet Affliction

Sweet Affliction

by Anna Leventhal
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One of the CBC’s Best Books of the Year.

A pregnancy test is taken at a wedding, a bad diagnosis leads a patient to a surprising outlook, and a civic holiday becomes a dystopian nightmare. By turns caustic, tender, and creepily hilarious, Sweet Affliction reveals the frailties, perversions, and resilience of Anna Leventhal’s cast of city-dweller …

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Eyehill

Eyehill

by Kelly Cooper
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A remarkable debut collection, Kelly Cooper's Eyehill provides a multi-hued portrait of a small prairie town. Too small to support a high school or a drugstore, Eyehill is populated by men and women, who have worked for generations to wrest a living from the dry, rolling hills. Like people anywhere else, they hunger for love, understanding, a decen …

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L (and things come apart)

L (and things come apart)

by Ian Orti
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A small flat sits unoccupied above Henry’s café. When a woman comes to rent the room, Henry’s world begins an unusual transformation. As they grow closer the city itself is affected, changed, and slowly dismantled. Unsure if he is a victim of his own senility, the chaos inches closer and Henry suspects it may have something to do with the woma …

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Nobody Rides for Free

Nobody Rides for Free

A Drifter's Guide to the Americas
by John Francis Hughes
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Nobody Rides For Free: A Drifter in the Americas chronicles former bike courier John Hughes' rambles through Latin America on a bicycle. In this gripping mosaic-travellogue, readers are introduced to banditos, artists, grifters, would-be wives, dope fiends and attacking monkeys: a cast of characters who conspire to reduce him to alcoholic destituti …

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The First Principles of Dreaming

The First Principles of Dreaming

by Beth Goobie
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It's 1977, and Mary-Eve Hamilton (Mary for the Mother of God, Eve for the mother of mankind) is plodding through her final year at Eleusis High School. Mary-Eve's mother, famed prophetess at the Waiting for the Rapture End Times Tabernacle, regularly has visions, foams at the mouth, and falls down rigid. Her father, a popular deacon, hides his abus …

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A Boy's Life of Napoleon

A Boy's Life of Napoleon

by Alden Nowlan
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Alden Nowlan's "A Boy's Life of Napoleon" is a brilliant piece of short fiction adapted from Nowlan's first novel, The Wanton Troopers, written in 1960 but published posthumously in 1988. Published on the occasion of Goose Lane Editions's 60th anniversary, it is also available as part of the six@sixty collection.

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Knife Party

Knife Party

by Mark Anthony Jarman
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The extraordinary "Knife Party" is from a new collection of stories by Mark Anthony Jarman titled Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, published in the spring of 2015. Published on the occasion of Goose Lane Editions's 60th anniversary, it is also part of the six@sixty collection.

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The Summer of Apartment X

The Summer of Apartment X

by Lesley Choyce
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Lesley Choyce's novella The Summer of Apartment X is a beach book for grownups who remember how they got that way. Fred Winger and his two buddies, Richard and Brian, intend to take the beach resort town by storm. It's the fateful summer between high school and university, early 1970s version. Equipped with two barely mobile cars and a seized-up MG …

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Woman Gored by Bison Lives

Woman Gored by Bison Lives

by Douglas Glover
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The beguiling "Woman Gored by Bison Lives" is from Douglas Glover's 1991 Governor General Award-nominated story collection, A Guide to Animal Behaviour. Published on the occasion of Goose Lane Editions's 60th anniversary, it is also part of the six@sixty collection.

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The Wolsenburg Clock

The Wolsenburg Clock

by Jay Ruzesky
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In his debut novel, The Wolsenburg Clock, Vancouver Island poet Jay Ruzesky sets out to tell the multi-century history of an astronomical clock in a small Austrian city. The clock is a mechanical marvel for its time, viewed in much the same way as we treat current 3-D wonders like Avatar. As the hours and minutes tick by, the movement of the planet …

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Svoboda

Svoboda

by Bill Stenson
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"Toil and Peaceful Life" is the axiom that lies at the heart of Doukobor spiritual, personal, and community values. These values have always been, and continue to be, integral to the people who belong to this historically rich and vibrant community. During particular periods of their history, certain groups of Doukobors seemed to have carved a path …

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Lexus Sam

Lexus Sam

by Gallucci, BP
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A man, nameless, wakes up in Manhattan in a stranger's apartment with few memories of who he is. He remembers a life in California and the love of a girl named Sarah—memories that don’t match the life he now finds himself in.

Losing hold of what he can say for certain about his life, he turns to a doctor who claims he can help recover more memor …

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South of Elfrida

South of Elfrida

by Holley Rubinsky
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The nature of relationships is skilfully illuminated in this collection of stories by award-winning author Holley Rubinsky. South of Elfrida delves into the lives of those coming face to face with personal truths that require resilience, humour and the ability to change.

With a clear eye for the complexities of the human heart, Rubinsky’s stories …

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Eat Your Heart Out

Eat Your Heart Out

by Katie Boland
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With unsentimental prose and ironic dialogue, Katie Boland brings to life a variety of characters who all have one thing in common—a need for something more. A literary debut by a refreshing new voice in fiction, the stories in Eat Your Heart Out are about the haunted and heartbroken, about dreamers, losers and love-lost souls. From a sixteen-yea …

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Dance the Rocks Ashore

Dance the Rocks Ashore

by Lesley Choyce
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Lesley Choyce writes rings around most Canadian authors. And in this collection, we have choice Choyce.

Dance the Rocks Ashore contains substantial stories including "Dance the Rocks Ashore," a bittersweet account of an elderly couple's decline; the hilarious and bizarre "My Father Was a Book Reviewer" "The Third or Fourth Happiest Man in Nova Scoti …

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Flyways

Flyways

by Devin Krukoff
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Devin Krukoff’s delicate balancing of hyperbole and psychological realism is the book’s greatest achievement. Flyways is thematically reminiscent of Zsuzsi Gartner’s All the Anxious Girls on Earth, but without the moral didacticism. While Krukoff’s stories share Gartner’s sense of humour, they elicit the reader’s sympathy rather than co …

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Ticknor

Ticknor

by Sheila Heti
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Ticknor is the first novel by Sheila Heti, the author of the acclaimed story collection The Middle Stories and, with Misha Glouberman, the essay collection The Chairs are Where the People Go.

George Ticknor is trying to reconcile his own failure with the success of his boyhood friend, the famous American historian William Prescott. Ticknor's life h …

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Barclay Family Theatre, The

Barclay Family Theatre, The

by Jack Hodgins
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With The Barclay Family Theatre, his second collection of short stories, Jack Hodgins introduces us to a cast of characters who transform the everyday world of Vancouver Island into a wondrous world of human warmth and comic energy. There is Barclay Desmond, caught between the ambitions of his mother, who wants him to become a concert pianist, and …

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