Category Archives: Reviews

Han Kang shows no mercy: A Review of “The Vegetarian”

Review by Kirsten Madsen The Vegetarian Han Kang Translated by Deborah Smith Portobello Books 2015 Distributed in Canada by House of Anansi Set in South Korea, and solidly rooted in that cultural context—one of rigid social norms and more than … Continue reading

Posted in Prose, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saucy, Yet Honest: a Review of “Adult Onset”

Review by Rhonda Collis Adult Onset Ann-Marie MacDonald Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2014 Domestic novels are challenging. How do you make child rearing interesting when, in reality, it can be mind-numbing, unappreciated work? This story, about middle-aged Mary Rose McKinnon … Continue reading

Posted in Prose, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review of Elyse Friedman’s “The Answer to Everything”

Review by Kirsten Madsen The Answer to Everything Elyse Friedman HarperCollins, 2014 There has been a lot of literary chatter in recent years over the concept of “unlikeable” characters.  First, people said they couldn’t ‘identify’ with them, and then other … Continue reading

Posted in Prose, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Raw Experiences of the Heart: A Review of “love will burst into a thousand shapes”.

A review by Esther Griffin love will burst into a thousand shapes Jane Eaton Hamilton Caitlin Press, Inc., 2014 Jane Eaton Hamilton is a Vancouver author whose short fiction has twice won both the first prize in the CBC Literary … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A moving and meaningful reconciliation drama: a Review of “God and the Indian”

Review by Sasha Singer-Wilson God and the Indian Written by Drew Hayden Taylor Directed by Renae Morriseau Firehall Arts Centre (in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts) A moving and meaningful reconciliation drama, God and the Indian asks powerful questions … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“A healthy dose of cats”: Review of Heather O’Neill’s “Daydreams of Angels”

By Carly Rosalie Vandergriendt Daydreams of Angels Heather O’Neill HarperCollins, 2015 Welcome to the world of Heather O’Neill, where ancient sea turtles give lessons in philosophy and trumpet-toting cherubs are seduced by human girls. Where a twelve-year-old Jesus gets freaked … Continue reading

Posted in Prose, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment