Archive for the ‘Debut Novel’ Category
Elizabeth Hay centres her superb, enchanting and deeply moving novel around Norma Joyce and sister Lucinda, her senior by nine years. Set against the beautifully evoked natural environments of Saskatchewan and Ontario, and spanning over more than thirty years, the author explores in sometimes subtle, sometimes defter, ways the sisters’ dissimilar characters. One is an “ugly duckling,” the other a beauty; one is rebellious and lazy, the other kind, efficient and unassuming… I
In Leonard Rosen’s superb mystery, ALL CRY CHAOS, Henri PoincarÃ©, fifty-seven, is a veteran Interpol agent who believes that it is “better to let one criminal go free than to abuse the law and jeopardize the rights of many.”
November 3, 2011
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Tags: Foreign Detective, Interpol, Mathmatician, Permanent Press, Philosophical, Sciences Â· Posted in: 2011 Favorites, Debut Novel, Sleuths Series, World Lit
The brilliance of Amy Waldmanâ€™s book is that she does not try to apply logic to why 9/11 occurred, nor does she attempt to recreate the complex and traumatic emotions that most Americans felt that day. Instead, she explores something broader: the fallout of a country confused, divided, and sick with fear, clamoring to make sense of the insensible.
David Lamb has the emotional life of a Rubikâ€™s Cube. All the pieces are there but it seems impossible at times to get his emotional life organized, put together, and working well. Heâ€™s like a chess game played by one person, every piece under his dominion, tutelage and control. Only he can checkmate his own self. Damned if he does, damned if he doesnâ€™t.
In her debut novel, EVERYTHING WAS GOODBYE, Gurjinder Basran tells the story of one happy-unhappy family, seen through the eyes of Meena, the youngest of six sisters. Set against the backdrop of suburban British Columbia, Basran paints a richly coloured portrait of a close-knit Punjabi community, caught between the traditions of “home” in India and their Canadian home, where their community is surrounded by a predominantly white, rather laid-back English-speaking society. With an impressively confident approach to a complex subject matter and a lively and engaging writing style, the young Indian-Canadian author explores the emotional turmoil, faced by a girl/young woman like Meena, experiencing the two cultures intimately. Traditional family values are assessed against the young heroine’s need for independence and emotional fulfillment.
October 3, 2011
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Tags: British Columbia, Fictional Biography, Immigration-Diaspora, Indian, Loyalty Â· Posted in: Canada, Class - Race - Gender, Debut Novel, World Lit, y Award Winning Author
Part school story, part existentialism primer, YOU DESERVE NOTHING, is a deftly told and absorbing debut. Ostensibly, the story of a troubled teacher who goes too far, YOU DESERVE NOTHING is also a thoughtful examination of moral education, of the ways in which we learn to navigate the minefield between duty and freedom, courage and cowardice, the self and the persona.
September 26, 2011
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Tags: Boarding School, Courage, Identity, Life Choices, Morality, Philosophical, Writing Life Â· Posted in: 2011 Favorites, Character Driven, Contemporary, Debut Novel, Literary