Thursday, October 11, 2012 |
Here's a sampling of the great recommendations that are coming in.
British Columbia and Yukon:
Lizette recommends: Obasan by Joy Kogawa
"WOW! This was a huge and ugly part of Canadian history that was not discussed in school. I was able to identify with the main character and her struggles as a minority, and this made me hugely appreciative of the Canada I live in now but also made me aware of how entrenched the prejudice around me is and where it originates."
John recommends: The Tinsmith by Tim Bowling
"With The Tinsmith, Bowling has reached his stride as a novelist (he reached his stride as a poet a number of books ago), presenting us with a sweeping transcontinental, inter-racial tale of historical forces from the U.S. Civil War to rampant capitalism coming to focus on a single spot on the Fraser Delta, a single mysterious man, and the beginnings of the modern salmon fishing industry. The Tinsmith is at once a delicate portrait of a single unique spot and a riveting demonstration of global forces working on the local."
Prairies and North:
Diego recommends: Fall from Grace by Wayne Arthurson
"Honest, refreshing detective story that understands how to use Edmonton as a place and not in a defensive, hyperbolic fashion. Leo Desroches is so bloody conflicted as a protagonist that you can't NOT root for him. And let's not even forget Alberta rose up and voted it the 2012 Alberta Reader's Choice Award winner."
Ashley recommends: The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
"Miriam is one of the best writers Manitoba — nay, make that Canada — has working today. She won Canada Reads already, but deserves to do it again with this sweet and funny story about a road trip gone wild and a dysfunctional but warm family."
Simon recommends: Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
"It's a stunning first novel that reads as if it was written by a veteran writer. It's a story of love, obsession, and harrowing adventure with an ending that still haunts you even if you know George Mallory never made it home alive."
Carrie recommends: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
"This was the first book I had to immediately re-read after the last page. I grieved that it came to an end."
Laura recommends: Our Daily Bread by Lauren B. Davis
"It speaks to community, friendships and the secrets we all keep from one another. The family in the book is based on a real life clan from Nova Scotia."
Connie recommends: Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler
"Was the best of all his books, characters are masterfully defined and the story takes you on a breathtaking voyage. I miss Morty so much."
Atlantic provinces:Jen recommends: Glass Boys by Nicole Lundrigan
"Glass Boys evokes Newfoundland so vividly that even people who have never been feel as though they know the town, and the characters are their own neighbours. This amplifies the haunted nature of Glass Boys and makes the novel even more shocking."
Verna recommends: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
"This book captures the spirit and the will of the people of Cape Breton specifically better than any other book I have read in my lifetime. MacLeod's ability to create characters and scenes that take your breath away make this book the one that I always recommend to anyone looking for something new to read. But just because it is so grounded in Cape Breton does not mean it can't cross universal boundaries, as shown by the win with the Impac Awards in Ireland. Fantastic book!"
Haven't submitted your recommendation for Canada Reads 2013 yet? You can do so here.