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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...
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...
Loddy-Dah
Dolly Dennis
2014
We follow Loddy and the troupe from The Garage Theatre as their lives unfold against the backdrop of political events in Montreal starting with EXPO 67 and ending in 1970 with the October Crisis. With the city as background, Loddy-Dah explores issues of self-identity and self-acceptance, the magic of friendship...
Lotusland
David Joiner
2015
Nathan Monroe is a 28-year-old American living in Saigon who falls in love with a poor but talented Vietnamese painter. When he fails to protect their love from her desperate chase for a better life in America, his safety net appears in the form of Anthony, an old domineering friend...
Mad Hatter
Amanda Hale
2019
When Christopher Brooke is arrested under Regulation 18B in June 1940, a slow process of personal disintegration begins, affecting his family irreversibly. Irish farm girl Mary Byrne is hired as housekeeper for the Brooke household and proves an acute observer of the daily lives of Cynthia Brooke and her three...
Made in Italy
Maria Ardizzi, Anna Maria Castrilli
1999
A tough and poignant novel that tells us the uncompromising story of Nora Moratti. The aged Nora recalls Hagar Shipley (Margaret Laurence) in graphic detail and with no regrets.
Maniac Drifter
Laura Marello
2016
When Harper Martin drifts into a sleepy Cape Cod resort with a mysterious investment plan, he unleashes a firestorm involving the F.B.I., the State Department, the government of Nicaragua, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Laura Marello's hilarious new novel features a surreal cast of characters, among them the Souza...
Maude
Suzanne Jacob, Luise von Flotow
1997
Maude is an artist. Bruno looks after her. Or does he sponge off her? Is he her lover or her housekeeper? Is she an artist because he organises her life or does her art defy her fussy inventions? What is he to her? What is she to him? Are they...
Max's Folly
Bill Turpin
2016
Max has been a freelance reporter dodging bullets in Latin America, a small-time newspaper editor who delights in infuriating his publisher and, finally, a flack for a communications company -- the elephant's graveyard for journalists. But none of this compares with the terrors of assisted living, so instead Max risks...
McKinley's Ghost & the Little Tin Truck
Anthony M. Graziano
2016
McKinley's Ghost & the Little Tin Truck tells the story of the Millers, a fictional family struggling among the real events of the early 20th century: the end of the Progressive Era, The Great War and influenza pandemic, prohibition, voting rights for women, the conservative take-over, the Red Scare, xenophobic...
Melba's Wash
Reesa Steinman Brotherton
2019
Melba's Wash is a rich telling of the archetypal search. In this fractured familial story, Esther Prat wraps her fingers with her diamond necklace and reflects on the secrets, lies, and pain that haunt her life, and makes her choice. Born on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, as an infant...
Moncton Mantra
Gérald Leblanc, Jo-Anne Elder
2001
This is an autobiographical novel told in crisp, direct language about growing up and the politics of a creative Acadian community.
Most Precious Blood
Vince Sgambati
2018
Fans of Anne Tyler's quirky characters and her attention to family life, or Pete Hamill's depiction of diverse, ethnic, urban neighborhoods will connect to Most Precious Blood, set in the eleventh-hour of a declining Italian-American neighborhood where complex and often destructive loyalties have dire consequences. Hard Luck Lenny is the...
Mother's Genius
Kristin Andrychuk
2019
Set in the small town of Grenville, Ontario, a setting perhaps familiar to the reader from the author's previous novel Cadillac Road, this story progresses from the 1950s through the 1980s. In 1940, five-year-old Martin Thorton fell from the family's apartment balcony, suffering catastrophic and permanent injuries. His accident plays...
Mouth of Truth: Buried Secrets
Mouth of Truth
Buried Secrets
Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
2018
Mouth of Truth is a gripping account of impossible choices , divided loyalties and unimaginable horrors. Batya Lightenberg , a Canadian wife and mother tries to live a normal life in oblivion of her troubled past while carrying a legacy of guilt and buried secrets inherited partly...
My Grandmother's Pill
Lisa Pike
2014
A story of mean drunks and happy ones, and of the women who often outlive them, My Grandmother's Pill is a rollercoaster ride through three generations of abuse and addiction. On the heels of divorce, Maude's relationship with Seamus sets the scene for her struggle to break free.
No Safeguards
H. Nigel Thomas
2015
No Safeguards, the first in a trilogy, follows Jay and his brother Paul from childhood to young adulthood. We witness the destructive impact of fundamentalist Christian beliefs on their mother and father, opposition to those beliefs by the boys' grandmother and each boy's very different response to their parents' religiosity....
No. 22 Pleasure City
Mark Fishman
2018
A Japanese detective agency in Midwest America; a sex triangle with the vampish Angela at its apex, and love-sick Pohl and lust-warped Burnett at the receiving ends; a Fat Man devouring a huge luncheon amidst the splendors of his garden; and has-been vixen Violet seeking justice and revenge. Just some...
Octopus Intelligence
Timothy Quinn
2009
Set in New York, Tehran, Port au Prince and Tegucigalpa, Octopus Intelligence tells the story of two desperate men. One, a former intelligence contractor suffering from a mysterious ailment, has returned home to find an oblique message spelled out on his bedroom floor. Another, a self-medicating paleontologist, has just discovered...
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