Fiction: narrative themes

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In a Land Without Dogs the Cats Learn to Bark

In his energetic and darkly funny debut novel, Jonathan Garfinkel probes the fractured nature of identity, the necessity of lies, and the bloody legacy of the Soviet Empire.   

 

Moscow, 1975. Gary ...

The Animals

By (author) Cary Fagan
Categories: Fiction: general and literary

In a quaint tourist village, Dorn makes miniature scale models displayed in the local shops. Yet life is far from idyllic; he suffers under the thumb of a rich, philandering younger brother and an unloving, ...

The Boy's Marble

The Boy's Marble tells the story of experiencing a war through the eyes of a child. Separated as children during the Sarajevo Siege, the narrator meeets someone who reminds her of the boy even twenty ...

La colère de l'autre

Ève n’a jamais ouvert la bouche pour protester. Quand on n’a jamais parlé, par où commencer ? Christophe, pour sa part, préfère ne pas penser, ça lui donne envie de frapper. Et pourquoi sa blonde ...

The Strange Scent of Saffron

Set in Toronto 1970, just as the FLQ crisis emerges to shake an innocent country, eleven-year-old Johnny Wong uncovers an underbelly to his tight, downtown neighbourhood. He shares a room with his Chinese ...

The Hunter and the Old Woman

In the tradition of Life of Pi by Yann Martel and The Bear by Claire Cameron, The Hunter and the Old Woman is a breathtaking debut novel told through the voices of Cougar and Man, two creatures utterly ...

Running Downhill Like Water

By (author) Jane Woods
Categories: Fiction: general and literary

Set in a small town in Québec, Running Downhill Like Water consists of four interconnected stories spanning fifty years of the lives of people whose ­prospects have been violently shattered.

A Cemetery for Bees

This autobiographical novel traces the journey of a woman from her youth in Socialist Eastern Europe to her transplanted life in Montreal, Canada. She is a precocious, thoughtful child, whose early life ...

Chasing Painted Horses

When Ralph Thomas, an Indigenous policeman, comes across graffiti of a horse in an alleyway, he is stopped in his tracks. A half-asleep Indigenous homeless man sees Ralph’s reaction and over a hot coffee ...

Cardinal Divide

A father comes out to his daughter as a woman. Or at least, he was once a woman. It’s complicated. Funny. Painful. Eventually joyful. Meanwhile the daughter, who was adopted, has her own identity issues. ...