Canada Reads 2002

And the winner is...

In the Skin of a Lion

Part love story, part engaging mystery, In the Skin of a Lion has come to define the city of Toronto in the 1920s and 1930s. Michael Ondaatje's stirring account of those who envisioned a better city, and the immigrants who physically built it, is a powerful saga of privilege, passion and back-breaking toil -- and a dream that engenders both triumph and tragedy.

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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil in India soon after the government declares a "State of Internal Emergency." Read more »

The Handmaid's Tale

It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Read more »

The Stone Angel

In her best-loved novel, The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence introduces Hagar Shipley, one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction. Stubborn, querulous, self-reliant - and, at 90, with her life nearly behind her - Hagar Shipley makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence. Read more »

Whylah Falls

Whylah Falls is a mythic community in the heart of Black Nova Scotia populated with larger-than-life characters: lovers young and old, murderers, muses, and musicians.  Read more »

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