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Review: A Beauty by Connie Gault

  The best Canadian novel I’ve read this year is A Beauty, by Connie Gault.  Set in Saskatchewan in the 30s and the 60s, the novel is artfully constructed as a headlong flight from one small town to another by the lost and beautiful Elena, an outward journey when she is 18, and then a return […]

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REVIEW: The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

– by Tom Rachman –    Tom Rachman’s second novel has many of the same sparkling qual ities that drew me to The Imperfectionists:  exotic locales, quirky characters, and intricately plotted narrative.  But it seems to me that he has really grown up in The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by creating characters like Tooly, Humphrey, Venn, […]

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Feature in Quill & Quire

Quill & Quire recently wrote about Shelf Life Books on their blog! Click HERE to read all about it and thanks to Yuli Sato for the beautiful photos.

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REVIEW: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

I loved Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, and went on to devour her Jackson Brodie mystery series and her earlier novels, such as Behind the Scenes at theMuseum.  But I was thrilled to see that with A God In Ruins, she has revisited the characters from the Tod family of Life After Life.  The earlier […]

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Bookish Wisdom

“A writer’s life and work are not a gift to mankind: they are its necessity.” Toni Morrison PEN Anthology 2009

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