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Review: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese’s heart-wrenching novel, Indian Horse, about racial discrimination against the Ojibway First Nation of northern Ontario in 1960s Canada,is a profound read. The emotions are raw and the pain is real. It describes the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse  … Continue reading

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Review: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

Considered to be a Canadian classic, Hugh MacLennan’s novel, Two Solitudes, deals with a historic view of Québec’s journey as a French speaking people deeply rooted in the Catholic religion and surrounded by a Protestant English-speaking majority. The two solitudes … Continue reading

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Review:On my Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

This is my second reading of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s  historical novel Fall On Your Knees and I enjoyed the page turner just as much as the first time. The story is basically a saga of the Piper family living in New … Continue reading

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Review: The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Birth House, Ami McKay’s debut novel is about the struggle of a small fishing village in Nova Scotia trying to come to terms with the advances of modern medicine. Marie Babineau is an elderly Acadian midwife and trusted healer … Continue reading

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Review: Away by Jane Urquhart

Jane Urquhart’s enchanting novel, Away, is a touching tale of love and abandonment that spans four generations and covers two continents. Esther, an elderly woman narrates her great-grandmother Mary’s poor beginnings on the northern Irish coastline and her desperate move … Continue reading

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Review: Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden’s powerful historical war novel, , takes place in the mid-1600 in Lower Canada when First Nations tribes and French Jesuit priests collided with each other in their quest for supremacy. Like all wars then and now, battles were … Continue reading

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Review: Stoner by John Williams

It doesn’t happen often that a character pulls at my emotions as much as John Williams, Stoner, did. The ending was so painful I had to close the book before it was finished, and come back to it a few … Continue reading

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Review: The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

Jane Urquhart’s historical novel, The Stone Carvers, is about ordinary people dealing with the aftermaths of the Great War and the building of the Canadian War Memorial in Vimy, France. Set in the backdrop of Bavaria, to the countryside of Ontario, … Continue reading

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Review: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje’s novel, The English Patient, is rendered in a lyrical style that will transport you back and forth from a bombed villa in Tuscany, to the blinding sands of the North African desert, to war time England, and the … Continue reading

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