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Sharon Butala's favourite Canadian book of 2017 was Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

In December, authors are sharing their favourite books of 2017 with CBC Books.
Sharon Butala found it difficult to put down Michael Redhill's Bellevue Square. (Doubleday Canada/Tali Shany)

Happy holidays! CBC Books asked authors to share their favourite books of 2017. We will be publishing these recommendations throughout December. 

Sharon Butala picked Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill.

"While I was on vacation on Maui, I read Michael Redhill's Bellevue Square. I found it a compelling (if often baffling) read. I stuck with it because I admired the wittiness and how cleverly the structure was organized and the really very inventive plot, if 'plot' is the right word. As a reader, I couldn't stop myself from turning the page, zooming on, enjoying the high-quality prose and the humour mixed in with the character's distress. I think you should read it; you won't find another 2017 Canadian novel that is quite so fast-paced, original and... um.... creepy! What an accomplishment!"

Sharon Butala has written several critically acclaimed and bestselling books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her latest, Where I Live Now, was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction.

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