Book Reviews

  • ‘A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream’ by Lesley Trites

    Reviewed by Lynne C. Martin

    Pepto-Bismol pink, the colour of the cover of Lesley Trites’ first short-story collection, is also the title of the opening story. Told from the point of view of a socially challenged office clerk, Paula is coming off a one-night stand with Greg and discovers she’s pregnant. MORE >

  • ‘Death and the Intern’ by Jeremy Hanson-Finger

    Reviewed by Dan Twerdochlib

    Drugs and money seem to run the hospital where Janwar Gupta is doing his practicum.

    In Death and the Intern, an anesthesiologist-in-training is framed for manslaughter. MORE >

  • ‘Bridge Retakes’ by Angela Lopes

    Reviewed by Domenica Martinello

    Whether we abide by or eschew them, categories matter. They can be limiting or limitless, depending on your perspective. Throughout the reading of Angela Lopes’ brief debut Bridge Retakes, I questioned the unequivocal categorization of this book as a novel. MORE >

  • ‘Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall’ by Suzette Mayr

    Reviewed by Dana Hansen

    If one has spent any time working and teaching in a post-secondary institution, it’s nearly impossible to read Suzette Mayr’s new novel, set on the campus of the fictional University of Inivea somewhere in Alberta, without recognizing the crisis of self-confidence experienced by the hapless, anxiety-ridden Dr. Edith Vane. MORE >

  • ‘The Last Neanderthal’ by Claire Cameron

    Reviewed by Clarissa Fortin

    Imagine stumbling upon a fully grown Neanderthal woman in the forest.

    “She would spread the fingers of her left palm to greet you,” reads the prologue of Claire Cameron’s latest novel The Last Neanderthal. “You’ve never seen such a magnificent creature … she could close up your throat with one squeeze. Don’t run though.” MORE >