Book Reviews

  • ‘Next Year, For Sure’ by Zoey Leigh Peterson

    nextyearReviewed by Liz Harmer

    A synopsis can tell you most of what you already know about Next Year, For Sure, Zoey Leigh Peterson’s debut novel: Chris and Kathryn have been together happily for nine years when they decide to try opening up the relationship. He has a habit of falling in love and a “high cuddle drive,” while “nothing invigorates Kathryn like a good crush.” This good crush comes along in the form of Emily, an outgoing odd-jobber who lives in a house full of eccentrics. MORE >

  • ‘Hope Has Two Daughters’ by Monia Mazigh

    hopetwoReviewed by Seyward Goodhand

    Some remarkable novels translated into English in the last few years have at their core a passionate platonic relationship between two women. MORE >

  • ‘Barrelling Forward’ by Eva Crocker

    barrellingReviewed by Charlene Van Buekenhout

    Reading the short stories in Barrelling Forward by emerging writer Eva Crocker was like an exercise in my body’s capacity for taking in anxiety by proxy. Crocker’s ability to infuse each story with cinematic detail creates suspense out of ordinary situations. MORE >

  • ‘Bad Endings’ by Carleigh Baker

    Bad EndingsReviewed by Casey Plett

    Short story collections are kind of my personal bread-and-butter reads. I like them like I figure my dad liked Elmore Leonard. Even when I’m pretty sure I know where the book’s going, damned if I won’t enjoy getting there. MORE >

  • ‘Little Sister’ by Barbara Gowdy

    Little SisterReviewed by Rudrapriya Rathore

    Little Sister, renowned Canadian author Barbara Gowdy’s newest novel, introduces itself more effectively than I can:

    Rose Bowan, sitting in the office of the Regal Repertory Theatre, watched a rainstorm from her window and felt “a quick, exquisite sensation of her skin tightening and cooling.” Hearing the phone ring, she snatched it up. “‘Harriet here,’ she said in a croaky, tentative voice that was not Rose’s but somehow exactly hers. And the name wasn’t hers, of course, but it suited the small, kinetic person she seemed to be inside.” MORE >

  • ‘What We Once Believed’ by Andrea MacPherson

    415nIZvcxRL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Rachel Carlson

    What We Once Believed is the sixth book written by poet and prose author Andrea MacPherson. Her works include three poetry collections—Ellipsis, Away, and Natural Disasters—and two previous novels, When She Was Electric and Beyond the Blue. MORE >