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Olivo Oliva
Philippe Poloni, David Homel
2006
This fantastical novel opens with Pina, a young Sicilian woman, being seduced by the son of her father's archenemy under a heavily-laden olive tree in her family's orchard. Fate plays a cruel trick on Pina when her lover is killed and she gives birth to a half-human, half-olive son. Named...
Peace Tower
F.G. Paci
2009
Peace Tower is about the struggles to adjust to the first year of marriage. Mark Trecroci and Jennifer Drury, a young couple in love, learn what it means to uncover the reality behind the love. Living in Ottawa, under the shadow of the Parliament Buildings, the young couple go through...
Picture Theory
Nicole Brossard, Barbara Godard
2006
A novel first published in French in 1982, Picture Theory demonstrates Nicole Brossard's fiction théorique and her preoccupation with the difficulty of writing and reading woman. The title (taken from Wittgenstein) implies her reference to the hologram as a new pictorial model for woman; like the hologram which is intended...
Playing Naomi
Erika Rummel
2009
Liz is waiting for her big break in Hollywood, when a different offer comes her way. The wealthy Naomi Baum, a best-selling author, asks Liz to impersonate her on the Ted Hillman Show. The reclusive Naomi cannot bear public appearances but is desperate to make contact with another guest on...
Portrait of a husband with the ashes of his wife
Pan Bouyoucas, Sheila Fischman
2018
Portrait of a Husband with the Ashes of His Wife addresses themes of destiny and the repercussions of our choices. Before she dies, actress Alma Joncas instructs her husband to bury her ashes where she was happiest. He decides that was their garden. But relatives, friends and Alma's colleagues disagree....
Quill of the Dove
Ian Thomas Shaw
2019
French journalist Marc Taragon is at the apex of his career in 2007. A tenacious idealist, Taragon has spent the last thirty years attempting to bring to readers the truths about the wars and political intrigues of the region. He is unsparing in his criticism of extremists and has earned...
Radius Islamicus
Julian Samuel
2018
Joseph, the tactician behind the Piccadilly Circus bombing and many other such events, finds himself in a nursing home in Pierrefonds, Quebec, where he is losing his mind but regaining his conscience. In Radius Islamicus we see minds that cannot be located by drones carrying Hellfire missiles. These non-state actors,...
Ramya's Treasure
Pratap Reddy
2018
Ramya, an immigrant from India, is nearing her 50th birthday. But there's no cause to cheer. Recently separated, and laid off from work as well, she feels lonely, alienated, and despondent. Then one day she chances upon a sandalwood box containing her cherished childhood treasures, and this triggers the need...
River
Shira Nayman
2020
River is the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who travels back in time, and across continents, encountering her maternal forbears when they were her age. From the Australian Outback, where she meets a young Aboriginal man, to racist, rigidly segregated South Africa during World War II, to the midst of...
Rosemary Bluebell
Hadi Atallah
2019
When Rosemary grows tired of her father's overstatements and boasting with respect to her supernatural powers, which includes the ability to create flowers just by looking at their images, she decides to flee to a sanctuary far from Pandemville, her hometown. Together with a friend, and pursued by an angry...
Rust Is a Form of Fire
Joe Fiorito
2015
Joe Fiorito spent 18 hours in total, over the course of three days, on the corner of Victoria and Queen in downtown Toronto watching the city go by and recording what he saw. The rhythms of the city ebb and flow according to the time of day. The declarative sentence...
Shadowshine
Johnny Armstrong
2019
On a quest to rescue his community from a fiery demise, possum and poet Zak, seeks assistance from rodents in the North and sets out on a journey into an ancient forest. But separated from his own surroundings and his bob-cat companion, Sena, he quickly loses his sense of direction...
Sleepless Nights and Days of Glory
Jonathan Kaplansky, Hélène Rioux
2019
Tragedy at Montreal's End of the World restaurant. A little marriage fatigue, a cottage to sell and a woman in cashmere: suddenly twenty seven years of conjugal life are swept away. Jean-Charles has left his wife. And with her goes the charm the restaurant possessed, where simple food was served...
Sometimes It Snows in America
Marisa Labozzetta
2012
Born into Somali royalty and Saudi Arabian wealth, Fatma is given away in infancy and, at age 12, forced into an arranged marriage with a young Peace Corps worker. Prejudice and cultural demands lead to a number of painful promises that will dictate the course of her life on two...
Somewhere in the Stars
Frank Polizzi
2018
Taking place during World War II, Somewhere in the Stars is the story of three young men from San Francisco -- Nick Spataro, his cousin Paolo, and friend Nathan Fein -- and their adventures as members of an American tank battalion chasing the Germans up the Italian peninsula, while Nick's...
Stained Glass
Concetta Principe
1997
In Montreal in the spring of 1990, a woman named X falls in love with Christophe, a sometimes poet fifteen years her senior. As the political climate intensifies through the summer months, their relationship devolves into silence and her emotional stability begins to weaken. By the autumn she loses all...
Stay With Me, Lella
Marisa Labozzetta
1999
Johnny and Carla DiGiacomo are the hub of a big, extended conventional Italian American family. But a less than conventional choice made early in their marriage will test their notions of love and loyalty.
Stone Woman
Bianca Lakoseljac
2016
Stone Woman is a saga of Blossom's unconventional family of five women, whose lives are bound by a Vietnam-War draft dodger David, immersed in the Yorkville subculture of the hippie daze of Toronto. The novel draws the reader into a web of liaisons -- into David's love affair with Blossom's...
Summer of the Dancing Bear
Bianca Lakoseljac
2012
Summer of the Dancing Bear is a historical novel about the "rite of passage"of 14-year-old Kata befriended by a gypsy clan. The novel explores Kata's search for a viable identity, acceptance of death, and understanding of love, through her journey of solving the mystery of the disappearance of a two-year-old...
Sweet Hope
Mary Bucci Bush
2011
Italians as indentured labourers in Southern cotton plantations at the turn of the twentieth century? Entire families scrabbling to survive, dying of malaria, building relationships with their neighbours, many the first generation of freed slaves? Sweet Hope unleashes the little known story of Italians who came looking for a better...
Tacet
Suzanne Chiasson
2019
Charlotte--a gifted but broken jazz singer--has found security and support under the roof of an overbearing French patroness of the arts, only to become trapped by her own dependence. There are no bars on the windows and no locks on the doors, but Charlotte is very much a prisoner in...
Recruits in a boot camp go through tough training exercises to become an elite cadre of readers. The near-death experience of an atheist makes him re-evaluate his life. An academic abandons his two kids and meets them as adults. A chef uses his TV cooking show to re-connect with his...
That Summer in Provincetown
Caroline Vu
2015
Daniel, a young French-Vietnamese man, lies dying in a Montreal hospital. Spurned by his family for contracting AIDS in Provincetown, Daniel spends his last months in despair. Only his cousin Mai stays by his side to record the darkest of family secrets. From French Indochina to present day North America,...
The Afrikaner
Arianna Dagnino
2019
Zoe Du Plessis's story unfolds against the backdrop of 1996 South Africa, caught in the turmoil of the transition from the Apartheid regime to the first democratically elected black government. A paleoanthropologist at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, her world collapses when her lover and colleague, Dario Oldani, is killed during...
The Alcoholic's Daughter
David Sherman
2017
For Annie and Evan it was love at first sight. To the outside world, Annie was vivacious and charming, a successful broadcaster and writer. But once they start living together, Evan discovers Annie works desperately to hide her all-consuming fears, obsessions and neuroses. And her alcoholism. Evan believes love is...
Elena and Mahfouz meet in Montreal in the spring of 2008. That summer, however, Mahfouz doesn't return from a trip to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. No longer in contact with each other, Elena and Mahfouz must separately come...
The Blue Whale
Stanislao Nievo, Gaetano Rando
2000
The captivating story of a close encounter between a whale and a woman told from the perspective of both protagonists.
Adam is a 14-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome trying to understand the Syrian conflict and its effect on his life, so he paints his feelings. Yasmine, his beautiful older sister devotes herself to Adam, sacrificing her true happiness as she tries to protect the ones she loves. But Yasmine herself...
The Coincidence
Fulvio Caccia, Robert Richard
2015
With this psychological thriller, award-winning author Fulvio Caccia continues a trilogy that began in 2004 with The Gothic Line. Jonathan and Leila are two strangers who meet coincidentally in Paris. Soon, their budding romance leads them to discover that they share more than attraction. A dark episode took place between...
The Comic
Stan Rogal
2020
A bored part-time college English instructor who teaches a class called "Humour in Classical Novels" to students who really don't care decides to try his hand at stand-up comedy, which takes him from his very protected academic world into an arena open to attack and persecution by his family, the...
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