With Canada Day weekend around the corner, we’re hoping to spend some time curling up with a good book- preferably one written by a Canuck author. Here’s our list of some fantastic summer reads written by Canadians, just in time for the long weekend. Happy reading!
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1) Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad: This pick was actually on the long list for the Giller Prize, thanks to the fresh and sharp writing of Toronto-based journalist Onstad. In Everybody Has Everything, drama ensues when an urban, career-oriented couple finds themselves legal guardians of their good friends’ son Finn after the unexpected death of the toddler’s father in an accident (which leaves the mother in a coma). The book explores ideas of love, self-discovery, and what it means to be a family.
2) Life of Pi by Yann Martel: After the movie adaptation of Life of Pi hit screens in November last year, it only seemed natural to pick up the print version and see where it all started. After all, we have Saskatoon-residing Martel to thank in the first place for bringing us terrifying tiger Richard Parker, along with brave and determined Pi Patel and the rest of his animal kingdom.
3) Room by Emma Donoghue: Irish-born and London, Ontario-based Donoghue wrote Room in 2010, fantastically portraying the life of a five-year-old, Jack, born in captivity to his young mother who was impregnated by her kidnapper. Through Jack’s voice, we are able to grasp his exploration with the world as he steps outside for the first time, plays in a playground, meets new people, and learns to thrive in the real world.
4) 419: A Novel by Will Ferguson: Although a travel-loving globetrotter by nature, Will Ferguson is from Red Deer, Alberta originally. His novel 419 explores concepts of heartbreak and disaster which occur as the result of a dangerous Internet scam. Sounds like a great thriller read for a summer long weekend!
5) Dear Life by Alice Munro: 81-year-old author Alice Munro’s dramatic short stories in Dear Life take the reader into the character’s world for a moment- into that tiny space of time when they developed as a person. With a talent for storytelling, the Wingham, Ontario-based writer has enjoyed a timeless career so far (putting many of her characters in small-town Ontario settings for an authentic touch)
6) Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill: Montreal-born Heather O’Neill paints a depressing yet vivid story of her hometown, with her main character being 12-year-old Baby, the sharp-witted only daughter of a young single dad and drug addict, Jules. The book takes us into Baby’s life as she develops into a young teen and begins to see the unfair and harsh world around her.
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