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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...
The World at Noon
Eugene Mirabelli
1994
The World at Noon tells the story of Nicolo, who sets out to visit his ailing mother, sees his father (dead these past three years), has lunch with his daughter and falls in love with his daughter's friend, Roxanne. It's also about Nicolo's handsome wife, Maeve, a strong woman with...
These Shadows Remain: A Fable
B.W. Powe
2011
Images overrun the world. Toons filled with rage and hate hunger for life. A war between simulations and humans. People besieged in a castle of dreams. A mysterious knight shifts between worlds, holding the secret that could save all. Orphaned children lead him to the whirlwind, the terrible faceless source....
Thieves Never Steal in the Rain
Marisa Labozzetta
2016
Births mark beginnings, while funerals toll in endings. Yet there resides so much in-between drama in the timeline of an extended family: moments of intense joy, times of heart-wrenching grief, and the day-to-day plodding of ups and downs that color the struggle with loss in all of human existence. In...
Three by Three
Anne Dandurand, Claire Dé, Hélène Rioux, Luise von Flotow
1992
This collection comprises three stories each by three Quebecois authors.
At twenty, Sheyda Porrouya's life is almost over. Born in Iran on the day staunchly orthodox mullas declare the birth of the Islamic Republic, she is witness to their purging of the country of all things Western and un-Islamic. To make matters worse, as she matures, Sheyda seems increasingly unable...
Toni
Fiorella De Luca Calce
1990
A classic short fiction writer, Wade Bell lets his characters do the talking for him, electing to stay in the background. His style is simple but he's not afraid to pry open the heart of a character and expose it for all the world to see. Bell's latest collection features...
Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily
Trinàcria
A Tale of Bourbon Sicily
Anthony Di Renzo
2013
Drawing on history and family legend, Anthony Di Renzo presents a tale of progress and reaction, irony and paradox, in which the splendors of Caserta must yield to the wonders of the Crystal Palace. Both intimate and sweeping, Trinàcria questions the price of pride and the cost of prosperity and...
Untying The Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s
Untying The Apron
Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s
Lorri Neilsen Glenn
2013
Mothers of the 1950s were wasp-waisted, dutiful, serene, and tied to the kitchen with apron strings. Or so we thought. This collection of searing and startling poetry and prose unties the stereotype and reveals women who were strong, wild, talented, wise, mad, creative, desperate, angry, courageous, bitter, tenacious, reckless and...
Us Fools Believing
Miriam Packer
2000
A homeless woman grieves her son's death. A drug addict breaks through his withdrawal and mourns his losses. An adolescent girl realizes that she must mother her mother. This collection of stories sheds light on the inner lives of the lonely, the alienated, and the dispossessed. Whether the narrators are...
Vanishing Villages
Clément Marchand, David Homel
1992
Clement Marchand is a seminal figure in Quebec literature, standing at the crossroads between the country and the city, between this century and the last. The original French version of this suite of stories, Courriers des villages, was awarded the prestigious Prix David in 1942. Marchand depicts the life and...
Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment
Venera Dreams
A Weird Entertainment
Claude Lalumière
2017
Somewhere in the Mediterranean lies the mysterious archipelago of Venera, a city-state drenched in erotic romanticism, fuelled by atavistic ritual, and suffused with surreal adventure and intrigue. Outside forces repeatedly attempt to steal its most closely guarded treasure: the secret of the sacred spice vermilion, and its power to alter...
Via Roma: Between 2 Worlds, 2 Men
Via Roma
Between 2 Worlds, 2 Men
Mary Melfi
2015
A story of love and lust with philosophical overtones, Via Roma oscillates between joy and tragedy. Drawn to and intrigued by two men of Italian descent, both equally smart, loyal and attractive, Sophie Wolfe, a native-born Montrealer, chooses one over the other, setting into motion a series of events that...
Voiceless People and Addolorata: Two Plays
Marco Micone, Maurizia Binda
2001
Marco Micone's first play, Voiceless People, portrays the exploitation of first-generation Italian immigrants Addolorata focuses more deeply on the role of authority in the father/daughter, husband/wife power relationships in the second generation. Voiceless People was awarded the Grand Prix du Journal de Montreal for Theatre in 1989.
Waiting for Stalin to Die
Irene Guilford
2017
Fleeing Stalin's advance into Lithuania, shaken by communism and war, four refugees end up in Toronto in 1949. Vytas, a young doctor who gets into medical school by saving a child's life, is haunted by a lost love. Maryte, a seamstress whose affair with a German officer saved her half-witted...
The stories in this collection centre around new immigrants -- spirited people prepared to leave their home and hearth to travel to distant lands in pursuit of dreams of a better life. But often times there's a reality check, and they are left to grapple with unexpected challenges: cultural shock,...
Where Seas and Fables Meet: Parables, Aphorisms, Fragments, Thought
Where Seas and Fables Meet
Parables, Aphorisms, Fragments, Thought
B.W. Powe
2015
This powerful, beautiful book blends parables, aphorisms, dreams, fantasies, anecdotes, witticisms, puns, vignettes, and prose poems in a meditative and often passionate way. It takes the risk of being free in its style and form, to affirm the possibilities of thought, spirit, heart, humour, and imagination. Here B.W. Powe gives...
Women and Lovers
Maria Ardizzi, Pasquale Verdicchio
2000
A novel of loss and retrieval. The main protagonists are Agostina and Giulia, mother and daughter, who have been separated by the trials of assimilation. The father's Alzheimer's disease acts as a catalyst for the mother and daughter's re-acquaintance with themselves.
Wordwings
Sydelle Pearl
2017
In 1941, twelve-year-old Rivke Rosenfeld lives in the Warsaw Ghetto, where she witnesses German soldiers slashing her grandfather's beard from his face. Her anger compels her to secretly write her stories and her memories in the margins of a book of fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen. When Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum,...
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