Reader recommendation round-up: October 17

Here are some more great recommendations from Canadian readers.

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British Columbia and Yukon:


Paula recommends: Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

"Monkey Beach is a richly and lyrically written coming of age story, told from the point of view of a young aboriginal woman from coastal B.C. - it's fierce and funny and filled with mythic imagery from Hasla legend and 20th century popular culture. The language and symbolism are as lush as the B.C. rainforest - but the depiction of racism, alienation and cultural collapse are stark in their brutality. A brave and beautiful book, and one that deserves to be better known by Canadians coast to coast."


Christy recommends: The Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou

"Written by a local from the region, it reads as a piece of BC that is so clearly a story of the mountains and the mountain people. Well written, funny & thrilling, it will grab you with the characters and stories and have you reading late into the night!"

Prairies and North


Merna recommends: Lightning by Fred Stenson

"In various novels and collections of short stories, Stenson has sought to bring alive life on the prairies, present and past. Lightning happens to be my own favourite, although I could just as well have nominated The Trade or The Great Karoo. All are distinguished works that do his region proud."


Linda recommends: The Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon

"This is a true Prairie story. The main character is so real that most of us can relate to her. The mess of her life with her abusive boyfriend and her funny parents jumps out at you and you say "I know those people". If you have grown up on the Prairies with Polish or Ukrainian grandparents it is like walking or running down memory lane. Daria tackles the tough subject of emotional abuse with humour, compassion, and love. This is a great read and will leaving you feeling happy and sad at the same time."



Ferris recommends: Giant by Aga Maksimowska

"This beautiful story is about a young Polish girl who immigrates to Canada (Toronto specifically). It illustrates the struggles that she goes through both telling the universal story of adolescence and the unique aspects of her personal experience of immigration from a communist country. This story is a joy to read using humour and poignant truth to take you along on this young girl's journey. It exemplifies the Canadian story."


John recommends: The Western Light by Susan Swan

"Based on my hometown, the description of places and characters are imaginative and based on real people.The hometown sense can be felt and the storyline is riveting and suspenseful."



Michelle recommends: How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired by Dany Laferriere

"Iconic novel from one of Quebec's finest, a funny and scabrous novel about identity and survival and sex. I would love to see the jury fight over this one."


Nicole recommends: Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

"Try to find a book by a Canadian that is more surprising, more uproariously funny, more ambitious and more original. You can't."

Atlantic provinces:


Amy recommends: Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant

"I loved the quirkiness and poignancy of this novel. I think it is very Canadian and would love to see it as a finalist. Jessica is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland."


Kelly recommends: The Antagonist by Lynn Coady

"We read this novel last year in our little book club out in Salmon Arm, BC and it had such a huge and diverse reaction from all of us. Some of us loved it, others did not - but bullying, hockey, coffee, winter, education, violence, redemption, and alcohol made for lots of great debating. Oh, and the writing....! Fantastic!"

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