February 2014
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Miss Montreal by Howard Shrier

This is the second Jonah Geller novel I have tried and I have NOT read them in order: I wanted to read the Canadian cities first and I was afraid that I might not like Boston or Chicago after being so enamoured with the Toronto location in Buffalo Jump which I reviewed here in December […]

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

“We are on our way to Budapest: Bastard and Chipo and Godknows and Sbho and Stina and me. We are going even though we are not allowed to cross Mzilikazi Road, even though Bastard is supposed to be watching his little sister Fraction, even though Mother would kill me dead if she found out; we […]

The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta

I sat down just to sample this book because my library copy had 75 holds on it and I thought I should get started if I intended to finish on time. It was a finalist for the 2013 Scotia Bank Giller Prize and I had waited three and a half months to get it from […]

Watch How We Walk by Jennifer LoveGrove

“Jennifer LoveGrove evokes the gossamer-thin line we must all walk to form identity inside family, faith, and devastation. She achieves this with compassion, wit, and charm. Watch How We Walk is an elegant, heartbreaking tightrope of a debut novel.” -KATHRYN KUITENBROUWER on the back of the paperback edition

This story is told by Emily and here […]

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

NOTE: there are very minor spoilers here which are from the early part of the story and will not interfere with your enjoyment of the book.

Sometimes coincidences happen which are simple but still almost incredible. A friend recently loaned me a copy of the movie version of Memoirs of a Geisha. I had read […]