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The Daughter of Christopher Columbus
Réjean Ducharme, Will Browning
2000
In this novel in verse, a beautiful and naive Columbia Columbus wanders through the world in search of friendship upon the death of her famous father. Despite fantastic adventures, she finds mostly cruelty and indifference, until she makes friends with an ever-growing number of animals, some of whom serve as...
The Death of André Breton
Jean Yves Collette, Raymond Chamberlain
1984
The Death of Andre Breton is fiction which reads like a detective novel. The suspense, unlike in the traditional plot, is offered to us here in an elliptical manner. The criss-crossing of different strata of writing makes this a story about confession, delirium, reality.
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 Foundations of Kindness
Richard Vission
2020
The Foundations of Kindness is a tale of love, politics, murder and assassination in Sixties Chicago told from the vantage point of the mountains of British Columbia in the Seventies. Plus contemporary commentary. Young revolutionaries take on the Chicago Democratic Party machine with disastrous consequences for them and their movement....
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Transaction
Guglielmo D'Izzia
2020
A property harbouring a gruesome secret goes up for sale. Two men--perhaps, the wrong men--are shot in plain daylight. Nothing is what it seems. And matters do not turn out as anticipated. De Angelis, an inscrutable northerner, is travelling to a small town perched somewhere in Sicily's hinterland to negotiate a...
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 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....
Thirteen Heavens
Mark Fishman
2020
"Two friends two friends, how close could they get without being one man … one in love with a ghost, the other … longed for the son who'd more than likely already become a ghost.” Rubén Arenal, nicknamed Rocket by his close friends and family, and Ernesto Cisneros are longtime...
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
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