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There's plenty of great Can Lit at North Van libraries
With Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013, there’s plenty to celebrate when it comes to Canadian authors. Canadian literature is as varied as our country with something for everyone. Here are five recent, notable titles from Canadian authors – all available at the North Vancouver District Public Library. Pick one up and have a read.
Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman
Grandmother Annie Weird gave each of her grandchildren a special power when they were born. Now on her deathbed, Annie’s instructions are for her family to come together from all four corners of the country in order for her to release the blessings-turned-curses she placed on each of them. What follows is a fast paced, quirky story as the weird siblings rush to meet before Grandma’s looming final departure.
Cataract City by Craig Davidson
Duncan and Owen are two childhood friends born and raised in Niagara Falls. Both dreamed of growing up and escaping their gritty, working class roots. Now as adults, Owen is a local police officer and Duncan is serving a prison sentence for manslaughter. While they now exist on opposite sides of the law, a shared ordeal in their past ties them together. Cataract City is a gritty, gruelling story of hope, friendship, survival and escape. It’s a story of place and how where you are from shapes who you become.
A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam
An inventive story that interweaves two narratives: a lonely, childless couple in Vermont who adopt a chimpanzee and a research lab in Florida where chimpanzee behaviour is studied. Much of the story is told from the point of view of the chimpanzees, making for a unique perspective in this emotional novel that explores the line between humans and animals and the simple truths we share.
Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady
Jack Lewis is a dashing jazz musician when Vivian meets and falls in love with him in 1950s Toronto. Later, when they are married, the surprising truth of Jack’s heritage is revealed. He is a light skinned black man who denied his roots and instead chose to live as a white man. Based on the author’s own family history, Emancipation Day explores race relations in Canada in the 1950s and tells a thought provoking story of identity and belonging, fathers and sons and ultimately, love.
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
This is a well-crafted, psychological thriller with comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. In the Silent Wife, Jodi and her long-term partner, Todd, live in an affluent lifestyle in a beautiful condo in Chicago. Jodi is a psychotherapist and Todd is a real estate developer with a penchant for philandering. Before the first page is out, we learn that Jodi will become a killer and thus begin the gripping journey to the inevitable result. Told in alternating voices between husband and wife, we get both perspectives of their unfolding domestic catastrophe.
Lisa Winkelaar is a librarian at the North Vancouver District Public Library’s Parkgate Branch