Reader recommendation round-up: October 16

Yesterday morning, we held the prize draw for our very first weekly winner. Congratulations to Linda from Quebec! Linda is the new owner of a Kobo Touch eReader. Want to win one? Submit your recommendation to Canada Reads 2013 and you'll be entered in our next draw!

Still looking for a great novel to nominate? Check out our round-up of some of the recommendations that are pouring in:


British Columbia and Yukon:


Catherine recommends: Stony River by Tricia Dower

"Tricia Dower's debut novel is a ripper of a story, set in a small town during the 1950s. I quickly became engrossed in the story and could not put it down. After finishing the book, I was still thinking about the characters and wishing there was a sequel. It's a rich and complicated web that deftly captures the sordid reality behind the innocent facade: the secrets, lies and whispers that characterized that era. The pervasive theme of forgiveness is compelling. Every character needs to forgive or be forgiven, and in some cases, do both. It's compelling and not a bit predictable!"


Lynn recommends: Malarky by Anakana Schofield

"The language in this book is stunning. It's darkly funny and deliciously poignant. It's the sort of subversive book about a subversive topic that every parent should read, plus everyone who feels they're sliding into madness (aren't we all?). You'll have a laugh."



Prairies and North:


Carole recommends: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

"I loved everything about this novel. Original, dark, heart-wrenching... we witnessed the incredible transformation of the main character, from a first person narrative, while he seemingly endures tragedy after tragedy and falls in love with an unattainable force."




Patricia recommends: Stolen by Annette Lapointe

"How can you resist a novel about love, madness and gravel roads? Lovely writing (it was long-listed for the Giller when it came out) that pulls you along through a story both personal and specific, and yet applicable to a new generation of western Canadians. Truly a great read."





Kathryn recommends: The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy

"All of Barabra Gowdy's work is phenomenal, but this is my favourite. It's about legacy, crumbling social construct, and loss. Told from the unified perspective of a memory of elephants. It's beautiful and she is easily one of the most talented authors I've ever read."




Neil recommends: Far to Go by Alison Pick

"An inspiring narrative written in beautiful prose that, despite its tragedy evokes inspiration and an appreciation for those who, like its characters, sought healing and new beginnings in Canada."






Jo-Ann recommends: Carnival by Rawi Hage

"Rawi Hage's third novel, Carnival, has been nominated for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and for the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. It's a fascinating read that examines loosely connected stories centered on one man. We are invited to meet a cast of characters ranging from madmen, criminals, magicians, clowns and countless other personalities. The taxi and carnival settings are intriguing and engaging. The associations drawn between these two distinct worlds add fluidity and magical realism to the story. Definitely a book you won't want to put down."


Margaret recommends: The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Because this is more than just a mystery. It captures beautifully the sense of life in a remote monastery in Quebec, and the very human qualities of the silent monks who live there. I also love the main thread of the story, about Gregorian chants, that's woven throughout the book. And, once again, in her 8th book, Louise Penny has managed to add further depth to the conflicts that her main characters, Chief Inspector Gamache and Inspector Beauvoir, are dealing with. These two characters seem so real!


Atlantic provinces:


Janice recommends: February by Lisa Moore

"- beautifully written in a non-linear poetic style -based on a real event that impacted many -witnessing that event through the eyes and hearts of those in the book brought it close to home -could feel the sadness and sense of loss felt by the main character -hopeful in the end -this book stayed with me."


Joan recommends: The Sea Captain's Wife by Beth Powning

"Our bookclub read this book as our first book and it remains our overall favorite book. I saw the author at The Riverview Library prior to reading the book. I felt like I was on the ship and could hear the waves pounding on the side of the boat. Fabulous characters weaved through a story of family, loneliness and loyalty. I loved it..."

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