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The Divine Sisters
Denise Boucher, Myrna Delson-Karan
2011
The original French version of this play, Les Divines, produced in 1996, continues an exploration of feminism started in Les Fées ont soif in its portrait of seven daughters who reunite in a ritual wake for an idealized mother.
The Eel
David MacKinnon
2016
Writer Jack Fingon realizes too late that his life of "intuition and attraction" has produced little to value, and nothing to remember. To settle a piece of unfinished business, Fingon devises a plan to fulfil the testamentary wish of French vagabond poet Blaise Cendrars -- to be buried in the...
The Four Roads Hotel
France Théoret, Luise von Flotow
2017
This history of oppression and its effects, at the heart of a French-Canadian family in the 1950s and 1960s, depicts a combination of prohibitions and censures. While the father demands the children's slavish obedience and labour, the mother promises some protection from his tyranny--until the family settles into a flea...
The Goat in the Tree
Lorne Elliott
2014
Against the backdrop of Morocco and France, the hero of The Goat In The Tree travels in pursuit of both an audience for his stories and his next meal. Fictional travelogue, love story, and the misadventures of a teller of tales, Lorne Elliott sends his narrator tip-toeing around the uncomfortable...
The Golden Shower: Or What Men Want
The Golden Shower
Or What Men Want
Luka Novak, Urška Charney
2012
The first novel by renowned Slovene publisher, politician, and TV personality Luka Novak is an intellectual farce, a surrealistic gallop through philosophy and art. With echoes of Thomas Pynchon and Woody Allen (with Hegel chanting in the background), we follow the ethical, erotic, and culinary adventures of a neurotic Slovene...
The House on Selkirk Avenue
Irena Karafilly
2017
It is autumn, 1997 and Kate Thuringer is back in her hometown to help her college-age daughter settle into her new life. A professional photographer, Kate has lived in Western Canada for nearly three decades. Before her marriage, however, she survived a turbulent year in which Québécois terrorists kidnapped a...
The Inventor of the Horse
Achille Campanile, Francesco Loriggio
1995
Plays included in this collection: The Big Bun, The Inventor of the Horse, and War. Campanile's plays combine the visual slapstick of silent cinema with the zany humour of the Marx Brothers and the nonsensical dialogues of Ionesco; the result is a funniness quite unique in this century, laughter as...
The King of the Sea Monkeys
Mark E. Cull
2015
Centered around a young high school teacher, The King of the Sea Monkeys is a novel in two parts. Because the protagonist suffers from a traumatic brain injury, the first part is fragmented, finding its way in the narrative in disorderly pieces. The protagonist's “normal” life disintegrates when he is...
The light of the soul: Neruda, the white raven, the black cat
The light of the soul
Neruda, the white raven, the black cat
Pietro Corsi
2015
Beginning with seductive thoughts from Neruda's memorias, and brooding over the legends of the Haida people in British Columbia (the white raven) and Italian superstitions (the black cat), the protagonist transports the reader into the world of Canadian immigration post-WW2. On the one hand, there is the memory never wiped...
The Lion's Mouth
Caterina Edwards
1993
In The Lion's Mouth, an Italian-Canadian woman, Bianca, tells the story of her beloved cousin, Marco, whose life is disintegrating along with his city - Venice. Marco is her dark twin, her Italian self. As she tries to make sense of her cousin's breakdown, she describes her story and reflects...
The Magic Dogs of San Vicente
Mark Fishman
2016
The Magic Dogs of San Vicente is set in the aftermath of the war in El Salvador (1980-1992), a war in which the two Flores brothers were arrested and savagely tortured, but a war that they ultimately survived. On a heat-soaked morning in El Salvador's wild countryside, the Flores brothers...
The Mezzogiorno Social Club
Ercole Gaudioso
2017
From Black Hand criminals to stand-up cops, from innocent victims and ordinary people to schemers and dreamers: a novel that chronicles one hundred years in the lives and relationships of those who have lived in New York City's Little Italy. A multi-generational, multi-dimensional tale that digs deep into the minds...
The Midwife of Torment & Other Stories is a collection of sudden fiction that compresses its narrative to deliver a variety of stories that alternate the flavour of a philosophical reflection with the whimsical enchantment of a fable with a twist. These stories also often dwell on the strange--and the...
The Morelli Thing
Frank Lentricchia
2015
After an old man with a dark past smashes the guitar of private investigator Eliot Conte's adopted child Angel, the man is mysteriously killed. The violence-prone Conte becomes the chief suspect. Angel, a gifted hacker, digs into the past of the old man only to discover a notorious cold case,...
The Nativity Scene
Eduardo De Filippo, Anthony Molino, Paul N. Feinberg
1997
Author of more than 60 plays and considered on a par with Pirandello, Eduardo De Filippo's signature piece, The Nativity Scene (Natale in Casa Cupiello, 1931), originally written in Neopolitan, is here presented for the first time in English translation.
The New Vine
Robert Marrone
2017
In post WWII Italy, Passero, the son of a winemaker killed by the Nazis, commits an impetuous act. He kidnaps a young orphaned girl and offers her up in exchange for his own freedom. His actions create a lifelong connection with her culminating in an adulterous affair in Toronto in...
The Other Shore
Antonio D'Alfonso
1989
This book of broken verses, broken thoughts, about broken feelings. This, a notebook without a beginning, without an end, only a flowing towards being, a growing; contradictions and explanations.
The Sandwoman
Madeleine Ouellette-Michalska, Luise von Flotow
1990
Ouellette-Michalska's feminism is subtle. She understands that repression imprisons men as well as women ... The Sandwoman is dense and opaque, very like the world it portrays. But although the mirror Ouellette-Michalska holds up is clouded, it does provide a fascinating reflection.
The Sea-Wave
Rolli
2016
A flash fiction novel, The Sea-Wave details the aftermath of the kidnapping by an elderly and emotionally damaged man of a severely disabled, wheelchair-bound, unusually bright, depressive 12-year-old girl incapable of speech. The novel consists of the girl's entries in her diary-like memorandum book, entries which relate her own, surprising...
The Sex Life of the Amoeba
Barry Healey
2014
A novel about passions -- a passion for sex, a passion for America, and a passion for movie-making. Sarah Fielding wants to turn the great Canadian novel into a ‘quality' movie, but the sex-mad producer, the deluded Hollywood star, and the ‘authentic' young actor have their own thoughts about how...
The Shining Fragments
Robin Blackburn McBride
2018
The Shining Fragments is a family saga about the Irish in Canada that explores the ramifications of abandonment, obsession, love, memory, and visionary power. Spanning the years 1882-1904, it follows Joseph Conlon from his early childhood in Ulster to his experiences of youth and adulthood as an immigrant. Left behind as a...
The Snows of Yesteryear
Len Gasparini
2011
Len Gasparini is a master of the dark, hard-edged, densely layered story. In his latest story collection, The Snows of Yesteryear, he charts the climate of the human heart with compassion, humor, nostalgia, and irony. His characters are shaped as much by fate as by the hungry ghosts of their...
The Stalinist's Wife
France Théoret, Luise von Flotow
2013
Louise Aubert leaves Mathieu Lord when he joins the Stalinist party. Fifteen years later, she writes a letter in which she dares express her vision of their common history, marked by authoritarianism, mental cruelty and the absence of sharing in the name of love. In the story that follows this...
The Tangible Word
France Théoret, Barbara Godard
1991
The four texts brought together for the first time in this volume as The Tangible Word were originally published separately as Bloody Mary (1977), Une voix pour Odile (1978), Vertiges (1979), and Nécessairement putain (1980). Powerful and sensual, this collection explores daily life, sexuality, and inner reflection in a clear...
The Tenants of the Hotel Biron
Laura Marello
2012
Laura Marello writes, through the American photographer Eduard Steichen, and through the voices of the painters Matisse, Rousseau and Picasso, dancer Nijinsky, sculptor Camille Claudel, and others, the story of the artist's life in Paris, 1908-1917. In this novel, each artist tells his or her own story.
The Trestler House
Madeleine Ouellette-Michalska, W. Donald Wilson
2009
In this postmodern novel about shifting views of history, a young journalist covering the visit of a French prime minister to Quebec becomes fascinated by a newspaper photograph of historic Trestler House. Curious about how such a landmark sheds light on the difference between personal and national identity, she decides...
The Undertaker's Wife: Stories
Len Gasparini
2007
With their staccato rhythm and attention to detail these stories recall emotions, memories, atmosphere, and even physical sensations with a powerful freshness. Gasparini's ability to render passion and humanity ensure a truly memorable and compelling collection.
The Voices We Carry: Recent Italian American Women's Fiction
The Voices We Carry
Recent Italian American Women's Fiction
Mary Jo Bona
2007
This collection voices the ongoing fascination with ethnicity in America. In this case, it is Italian-American ethnicity and its attendant themes -- the ineluctable bonds between mothers and daughters, granddaughters and grandparents; the family rituals centered around but not limited to celebration and dining; and the desire to reinvent the...
The Voyageur
Jeff Sturge, Nick Marinkovich
2015
The Voyageur is a graphic novel, illustrated by Nick Marinkovich (KENK, Marvel's When The Hulk Attacks, Underworld, Nightwolf, Impaler), written and conceived by documentary filmmaker/screenwriter Jeff Sturge (Mayday, Storming Juno, Cold Blood). Compelling characters drive a fast-paced story set in the 17th century that addresses themes of alienation, a young...
The Voyageur 2: Into the New World
The Voyageur 2
Into the New World
Jeff Sturge, Nick Marinkovich
2018
Fintan O'Neill's no hero. There's not a lot of money in 17th century Ireland, but the likeable, withdrawn 15-year-old's the poorest kid in Waterford, living on a small tenant farm with a tough cynical mother, forced to do what she's had to for her and her boy to survive. The...
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