Good news and bad news for author Michael Crummey, author of this months read – The innocents. The good news is it’s been recently shortlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Gillar Prize. Yay you! The bad news …
By Fredrick Backman People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason […]
By Osamu Dazai “We all looked forward to this month’s book and book club more than usual – Kelly’s niece, Samantha, chose the book and described it to her aunt as one of her favourite. More than that, she would attend the book club night in person to tell us all why. Only those who […]
By Mitch Albom “In Mitch Albom’s epic new novel, the voice of Music narrates the tale of Frankie Presto, a Spanish war orphan raised by a blind music teacher. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat, with an old guitar and six magical strings. But Frankie’s talent […]
By John Irving | “I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because […]
By Kim Thuy “A runaway bestseller in Quebec, with foreign rights sold to 15 countries around the world, Kim Thúy’s Governor General’s Literary Award-winning Ru is a lullaby for Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland. Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a […]
by Ai Mi – “Yichang municipality, Hubei province, China, early 1970s. High-school student Jingqiu is one of many educated urban youth sent to the countryside to be “re-educated” under a dictate from Chairman Mao.
by Anastasia English The Curse of Flowervilla is a tale of romance and faith, mystery and betrayal. As this captivating multi-generational family epic unwinds, readers will be treated to a glimpse of the highs and lows of Newfoundland society in the early 1900s”.
by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole “A story of love, loss, family, choices, consequences, and relationships of all kinds. A beautifully written story that spans over 80 years and 3 generations, it examines the experience of three family members who leave Newfoundland to find work and a better life in New York and those who stayed behind. […]
by Mark Haddon “Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.” Overview by Google Books
by John Boyne “Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.” Overview by IMDb A story of innocence existing […]
by Bryce Courtenay “I am Sylvia Honeyeater; I think myself born around 1196, and this is the story of my life.” From master storyteller Bryce Courtenay comes the colourful epic of Sylvia. Late twelfth-century Europe is torn by religious intolerance.” Overview by Google Books