Family life fiction

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Why Birds Sing

A charming novel about a disgraced opera singer, her cancer-plagued brother-in-law, a temperamental parrot named Tulip, and a competitive whistling group called the Warblers.

The Evolution of Alice

By (author) David A. Robertson
Foreword by Shelagh Rogers
Categories: Family life fiction

Alice is a single mother raising her three young daughters on the rez where she grew up. Life has never been easy, but she's managed to get by with the support of her best friend, Gideon, and her family. ...

The Desirable Sister

Gia and Serena Pirji are sisters, the first-generation born in Canada to immigrant parents. Gia’s fair skin grants her membership to cliques of white kids as a teen, while Serena’s dark skin means ...

Finding Callidora

A horrific betrayal sets the destiny of the Alevizopoulos family, farmers who dare to choose a side, first in the Great War of 1914-1918, then in the Greco-Turkish war of 1919-1922. Theodore, the patriarch, ...

Even Weirder Than Before

By (author) Susie Taylor
Categories: Family life fiction

The early 1990s: there’s no internet, VHS is still a thing, and Daisy Radcliffe’s family is disintegrating. As the stability of her old life disappears, she is set adrift into the odd territory between ...

Crocuses Hatch From Snow

By (author) Jaime Burnet
Categories: Relating to lesbians

When Ada falls for a body piercer named Pan, Ada’s cheeky grandmother, Mattie, says Pan looks like a caught trout with all those hooks in her mouth. But Ada soon discovers Mattie is also caught in a ...

A Circle on the Surface

It’s 1943. Enman and Una Greene are newly married. Enman brings Una to his childhood home in rural Barrein, Nova Scotia, where Una feels increasingly trapped, and longs for the city life she once had. ...

Dear Evelyn

By (author) Kathy Page
Categories: Family life fiction

Born between the wars on a working-class London street, Harry Miles wins a scholarship and a chance to escape his station, but discovers instead that poetry is what offers him real direction. When he ...

The End of Music

By (author) Jamie Fitzpatrick
Categories: Family life fiction

Herb Carter’s days as an aspiring rock star are over. His mother no longer remembers his name and seems trapped in the past. Jamie Fitzpatrick’s second novel weaves in and out of time to effortlessly ...