Canada Reads 2006

And the winner is...

A Complicated Kindness

Miriam Toews's third novel won the hearts of critics and readers alike, thanks in part to its protagonist, 16-year-old Nomi Nickel. Her dream is to party with rock stars in New York City but she's stuck in her Mennonite hometown, where narrow-mindedness rules and everything fun is forbidden. As she struggles to cope with the sudden departures of her sister and her mother, the rebellious teen begins to spiral out of control. Both funny and heartrending, Nomi's account of her experiences is one of the most memorable coming-of-age stories in CanLit.

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Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets

A selection of poems by the man described by the Globe & Mail as "the greatest of our poets." Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets includes three decades' worth of thought-provoking work.

Three Day Road

It is 1919, and Niska, the last Oji-Cree woman to live off the land, has received word that one of the two boys she saw off to the Great War has returned. Xavier Bird, her sole living relation, is gravely wounded and addicted to morphine and Niska must bring him home. Read more »


Set on the eve of the Great War, Deafening spans two continents and the lives of a young deaf woman and her beloved husband.


In the swinging culture of '60s London, Canadian Mortimer Griffin is a beleaguered editor adrift in a sea of hypocrisy and deceit. Alone in a world where nobody shares his values but everyone wants the same things, Mortimer must navigate the currents of these changing times.  Read more »

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