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Don't Ask
Gina Roitman
2022
In this literary thriller, a woman agonizes over her mother's suicide and is thrown into turmoil over her attraction to a German. Hannah Baran is 45, a successful Montreal real estate broker with a highly lucrative client who, like her parents, is a Holocaust survivor. Born in a German DP...
Don't Hang Your Soul on That
Robert Hilles
2021
The novel features two main narratives in alternating chapters. The first narrative is set in Khon Kaen Thailand in 1970. This narrative follows the developing love story between Tuum and Roong. Tuum is a high school mathematics teacher and Roong has been forced to work in a wealthy family's home...
Doubly Suspect
Madeleine Monette, Luise von Flotow
2000
A novel about seduction, which borrows from the detective genre and the psychological novel, offers a modern and original take on the Double.
Easily Fooled: No Safeguards 3--Millington's Story
Easily Fooled
No Safeguards 3--Millington's Story
H. Nigel Thomas
2021
Less than an hour after Millington receives his permanent resident visa, he wonders if his husband Jay would now end their marriage. And Jay has multiple reasons to. Millington is an ex-Methodist minister, who once believed he could be celibate. When he fled Caribbean Methodism and came to Montreal, he...
Everything I Own
Raymond Beauchemin
2011
Songwriter Michel Laflamme is stuck in traffic on Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge. While waiting for police to try to talk down a potential suicide, Michel turns on the radio and hears his wife, Bijou, founding member of Beaupré, the seminal Quebec folk-rock group. The music takes Michel across a 30-year...
Exterminated Angel
Gérald Godin, Judith Elaine Cowan
1992
Gérald Godin gives us an astonishing first novel written in the tradition of the American thriller with a journalist whom Humphrey Bogart would have liked to have played as the protagonist.
Fabio
Camillo Carli, Maurizia Binda
1991
Chronicling the conflicts and misunderstandings between a father and his son as Italian immigrants in Montreal.
Fabrizio's Passion
Antonio D'Alfonso
1995
Fabrizio's Passion is the author's English-language version of his French-language novel, Avril ou l'anti-passion. This baroque novel, divided into twenty-five chapters, explores the different facets of an Italian family living in North America. It is through the technique of a multi-voiced narrative that the readers are permitted to see what...
Falconi's Tractor
Dave LeBlanc
2019
Like his three siblings, 32-year-old Alfredo “Freddy Flowers” Falconi has led two lives: the idyllic one before “The Incident”--his mother's 1984 death--and the complicated one afterward. He was just eight-years-old when his father abandoned the family, and nine when his oldest brother, “Small Carm,” covered up the circumstances of...
Farida
Naïm Kattan, Norman Cornett, Antonio D'Alfonso
2015
In this classic love story featuring passion, jealousy and murder, and set in pre-World War II Iraq, Farida, a Jewish woman and cabaret singer, struggles for survival and her freedom in a world on the edge of upheaval and on which falls the dark shadow of war.
Fate's Instruments: No Safeguards 2 - Paul's Story
Fate's Instruments
No Safeguards 2 - Paul's Story
H. Nigel Thomas
2018
In Fate's Instruments, picking up the story from where Paul's brother Jay left it in No Safeguards, Paul, an aspiring writer, marries Carlos, with whom he lived in Guatemala, and brings him to Montreal. Things go wrong from the beginning, and they break up. Then fate, in the form of...
Gauguin's Moon
Laura Marello
2019
Daniella believes her lost mother is a World War II spy, but is terrorized by a dream of a war-torn jungle, raining fire. At forty, with her life and career stalled, Daniella is visited by four dead ancestors, who try to help her put her life back together. When this...
Girls Closed In
France Théoret, Luise von Flotow
2006
In this novel from a Quebecois feminist writer, a shy sixteen-year-old falls in love with a classmate while attending a Catholic boarding school for prospective schoolteachers. When the fantasized relationship fails she takes superficial refuge with a group of girls recognizing her own loneliness and that of the group.
God's Zoo
Pablo Urbanyi, Natalia Hero
2020
God's Zoo captures the brutality of the Second World War in Eastern Europe, told through the eyes of young Fenix, a boy who lives in the small Hungarian-Czechoslovak city of Ipolyság. Fenix lives in a loveless world, abused by his cold, materialistic mother, and neglected by his often absent father....
Grave Dancing on Two Left Feet
Raphael Burdman
2021
At times a comedy of terrors, pitting the severe pogrom pain of one side of our narrator's family against the other's imagined holocaust horrors in a contest of who suffered more, the consequences are deadly serious: when long-ago traumas trigger ones even more devastating for our protagonist, his fantastic schemes...
Hard Edge
F.G. Paci
2006
Hard Edge is about art, modern art and the age-old art of seduction and betrayal, set in Ontario, New York, and Paris. It tells the story of a young teacher and writer, Mark Trecroci, and his relationship with Lisa James, a serious and dedicated painter who tries to live her...
Head Games
Erika Rummel
2013
A Latino bar in Toronto, 1978. The men can't take their eyes off Lisa, but there is something about her that scares them off. She is a little too intense, a little too needy. Don, a realtor with a murky South American past, is unfazed. He listens patiently when Lisa...
Il Vagabondo: An Urban Opera
Il Vagabondo
An Urban Opera
Glenn Carley
2021
Enter the cross-cultural tale of gusto and enchantment, adaptation and loss, preserving the old ways of making a life. Presented in six acts with intermissions and curtain calls, it is a new form of literature presented in interactive libretto form. Read it silently, read it out loud, or step upon...
Images
Louise Bouchard, Christine Tipper
2015
In a letter that she writes to a certain Théodore, the narrator in Images evokes a tumultuous period in her life: her adolescence. During this period, filled with anxiety and panic, she found help and comfort from Dorothée, a young woman barely older than her, who helped her escape her...
In the Claws of the Cat
Claude Forand, Jo-Anne Elder
2006
In a small town like Chesterville, homicides are as rare as government grants. So it's not surprising that the violent death of the richest man in town, J.A. Bussières, shakes up the entire population. Roméo Dubuc, the Chief of Police, heads up the investigation. J.A.'s son escaped from the psychiatric...
Infertility Rites
Mary Melfi
1991
Mary Melfi's first novel explores the emotional trauma of infertility and its resulting marital conflicts. It is an intimate account of one woman's agonizing experience to carry a pregnancy to full term. Through Nina DiFiore's numerous miscarriages, Melfi analyzes how much women's self-image is linked to their fertility; for Nina,...
Intimate Dialogues
Hélène Rioux, Jonathan Kaplansky
2008
There are two of them, she and he. They live together. She would like to have a cat; he prefers exotic fish. She feels like eating out. He: not really. Having a baby is a good idea. But the question is when. With a few strokes of the pen, Helene...
Isabelle's Notebooks
Sylvie Chaput, Peter Vranckx, Daniel Sloate
2002
Following the love story of painter Joseph Légaré's niece, Isabelle Forest, and novelist Philippe Aubert de Gaspé, Sylvie Chaput carefully and creatively chronicles her picture of Quebec in the 1830s. Chaput writes of the turbulence Quebec endured as her lovers battle the dangers of severe political unrest and a huge...
Itzel I: A Tlatelolco Awakening
Itzel I
A Tlatelolco Awakening
Sarah Xerar Murphy
2019
The first of a two-part novel, Itzel I tells the story of three disparate characters swept up in the drama of the Mexican student movement of 1968 whose ending in the Massacre in Tlatelolco on October 2nd, a date now always commemorated in Mexico, changed their lives forever. Broad in...
Itzel II: A Three Knives Tale
Itzel II
A Three Knives Tale
Sarah Xerar Murphy
2020
In Itzel II, we continue to follow Nauta, Itzel, and Basta through the cascading outcomes of their desire for agency and for change in their world. We move from the Oaxaca coast back to Mexico City, from Nauta's Brooklyn streets to her time in Canada, from the attraction between Basta...
La Famille Gaetano
F.G. Paci, Robert Paquin
1990
La Famille Gaetano is the French translation of F.G. Paci's The Italians (1978), considered one of the first books to deal with the Italian immigrant experience in Canada -- and a Canadian bestseller.
Land for Fatimah
Veena Gokhale
2018
Four strong women: Anjali, an Indo-Canadian single mother who eagerly accepts an African posting with her non-profit organization; Grace, her dedicated but dominating colleague, who opposes her; Fatimah, a farmer ousted from her home and fertile farmland, whom Anjali befriends; and Mary, Anjali's kindly maid, who must secure the future...
Le Putain
Guy Verville
1991
Quinze minutes de retard. Elle va bientôt arriver. Cela fait deux ans qu'elle arrive bientôt, qu'elle lui gobe quinze minutes de son temps, ou plutôt de son âme. Deux ans à raison d'une fois par semaine multipliée par quinze minutes. Paul dénombre les gouttes d'eau; le compte est difficile. Il...
Leaves on Frozen Ground
Dave Carty
2019
Céline Vaillancourt saw the untamed forest in shades of apprehension. But Edmund, her 11-year-old son, was possessed of a different vision, as though he had put the very same brooding colors together and produced a painting shot through with adventure and the light of discovery. There was no talking to...
Leper Tango
David MacKinnon
2012
Leper Tango is an end of millennium tale of an ambulance-chasing lawyer who uses his ill-gotten gains to whore and drink in Paris, where he falls for a dead-end, suicidal femme fatale named Sheba. The first part of a trilogy of novels (The Graveyard Of The Innocents), some set in...
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