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Fairy Ring by Martine Desjardins
Fairy Ring

Melwyk, March 28, 2009

I was stunned by this book! I'd never heard of the author when I picked it up to give it a try, but I could not put it down again. This is not a book for the faint-hearted. Psychological and sexual abuse, graverobbing, cannibalism, sadomasochism, insanity, hinted-at-murder; all find a place here. Yet somehow it is also extremely erudite and compelling. It feels like a modern Poe, his suggested horrors taken one step further and viewed through a feminist eye. This was a challenging but rewarding read, an outgrowth of a unique sensibility.
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Smuggling Donkeys by David Helwig
Smuggling Donkeys

Melwyk, March 28, 2009

Despite the surface appearance -- a book about an old guy dumped by his wife, flirting with a young & attractive former student, selling off his stuff to live a young man's unencumbered life? Doesn't sound very appealing, does it -- despite this, this short novel is a great read. With David Helwig I felt I was in good hands; he knows what he is doing. He controls the language of his character without faltering, turning out a masterful monologue. His insights are sharp, characterization exact, and he is also very funny. I enjoyed this book, and as always from Porcupine's Quill Press, it is beautifully produced with quality paper, attractive font and a proper sewn binding (these things are appreciated).
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Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Soderberg
Doctor Glas

Melwyk, March 28, 2009

One of my favourites, it is hard to believe this stunning book was written over a hundred years ago. It's written in journal format, and describes the moral question Doctor Glas struggles with as he is tempted toward murder. It's fresh in style and in subject, and I think it would be perfect for book club discussions; despite its brevity it is packed full of controversial subject matter.
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The Hatbox Letters by Beth Powning
The Hatbox Letters

Melwyk, March 28, 2009

This is a beautifully written novel, about a widow's grief after her husband dies unexpectedly. Kate is distracted from her grief by hatboxes from her grandparents' attic, full of old family photos and letters. The book interweaves the stories of her grandparents and Kate's own life, and the author has an exquisite ability to describe the natural world and make you feel as if you're living in the New Brunswick countryside alongside Kate. A meditative novel, I'd recommend it to anyone fond of thoughtful writing.
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Birth of a Bookworm by Michel Tremblay
Birth of a Bookworm

Melwyk, March 28, 2009

This was a wonderful read, told in the casual, slangy voice of this admired Quebecois writer. It traces Tremblay's creative development as a reader and a writer from his childhood onward, by tracing the effect of a specific book in each chapter. Books did not only influence his creative life, they reflected his love life as a young gay teen as well. It's very funny, and a delight for a fellow book lover to read.
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