Monday, October 15, 2012 |
Here's a sampling of the great recommendations that are coming in.
British Columbia and Yukon:
Tim recommends: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
"Because it's easily one of the most lyrically-written books I've read this year. Wagamese's work touches my heart and teases my brain in a way that not many books can."
Clare recommends: One Good Hustle by Billie Livingston
"One Good Hustle addresses the painful ebb and flow of hope and resignation at work in Sammie, her young protagonist, a girl who's finding herself in the empty spaces left by parents absent both emotionally and physically. I loved her voice and rooted for her throughout."
Prairies and North:
Reg recommends: Cool Water by Dianne Warren
"Moving, touching, absorbing. A wonderfully exotic book about a Saskatchewan town on the edge of a desert and the people who occupy and animate it."
Gary recommends: The Diviners by Margaret Laurence
"Laurence is a brilliant writer, and she exemplifies small town Prairie life perfectly in this novel."
Deepam recommends: Fauna by Alissa York
"It is a lyrical and honest foray into the flora, the fauna, the scrub and the detritus both human and animal, of the Don Valley. I love its lush descriptions, its real and well-dimensioned characters, and its complex but easily followed braids of story. It is a microscope on the Danforth/Don Valley/Gerrard/Riverdale area of Toronto. I love this book. It made me happy."
Margaret recommends: The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
"Her descriptions of both the physical landscapes and of the characters are so beautiful and clear. She uses several separate story lines, then adroitly melds them together. Her appreciation of all art forms, and her love of art in general, is so apparent in this book."
Colleen recommends: Ru by Kim Thuy
"I picked Ru up to check it out (from the library) and couldn't put it down. The author's style is compelling and the story bits fascinate and sometimes repel, but nonetheless entertain."
Kathleen recommends: L (and all things come apart) by Ian Orti
"The emotional depth of the story provides a true to life perceptive about the bitter-sweetness of love in this day and age. And with such bittersweetness, you were surprised at just how much you loved the book."
Jennifer recommends: Galore by Michael Crummey
"This book is astoundingly beautiful, perfectly written and Crummey managed to make the setting - a Newfoundland outport village - an equal strength character in the story!!! There's a bit of magic going on with this book that I have just not encountered with any other Canadian novel!"
Deborah recommends: The Town That Drowned by Riel Nason
"This is a great debut novel that paints a vivid portrait of New Brunswick in the 1960s, told through the eyes of a teenage girl. It's a well told story, reflective of the province and even has a bit of mystery thrown in. It reflects a universal Maritime culture... people from here can see the people they know in this book. Also it's a Canada Reads selection that could be read by pre-teens up to the elderly."
Haven't submitted your recommendation for Canada Reads 2013 yet? You can do so here.