Canada Reads 2005

And the winner is...

Rockbound

In this 1928 novel by Frank Parker Day, Rockbound is an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, and it's a harsh, unforgiving place. Stormy weather, dangerous fishing grounds and feuding families dominate this small sliver of land in the Atlantic Ocean. When native son David Jung returns to Rockbound to claim part of the island as his inheritance, he faces the very worst it has to offer. This evocative story of ambition, conflict and struggle for survival is now considered a Canadian classic.

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Finalists

Beautiful Losers

One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen's most defiant and uninhibited work. The novel centres upon the hapless members of a love triangle united by their sexual obsessions and by their fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Mohawk saint. Read more »

No Crystal Stair

No Crystal Stair is an absorbing novel that explores an increasingly difficult contemporary reality: functioning as though White while surviving as Black.

Volkswagen Blues

In this classic road novel, Jacques Poulin tells the story of a man in search of his brother. The geographical journey -- through Detroit, into Chicago, on to St. Louis, along the Oregon Trail and into California -- becomes a metaphor for the exploration of the history of the French in North America.

Oryx and Crake

The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. Read more »











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