There are lots of clichés about Canadians out there (time for some hockey and poutine, eh?) but one truth we could never deny is that we are home to amazing authors in every genre. From contemporary and historic fiction to humo(u)r and social commentary, our writers are smart, sensitive, funny and observant, and as diverse in the literary landscape as we are in our vast, natural landscape.
Canadian authors write stories that unite us without being nationalistic, but also speak to a worldview that spans well beyond our own borders. As evidenced in these six amazing recent releases, our authors aren’t afraid to write of our challenges and will embrace the stories that make us who we are even if the journey is an uncomfortable one—and sorry, but that’s no cliché.
The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown
When Lucy Sparks hits her head and awakens in the hospital, her life is nothing like she had thought it was. Her happy marriage is actually over, and she is shocked when she’s told that a man she considers just a work colleague is now her devoted boyfriend. She can’t trust her memories and her life looks utterly unrecognizable—so how can Lucy rebuild something she doesn’t remember building in the first place?
Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
New mom and self-confessed hot mess, Ashley wants desperately to fit into the picture-perfect world she sees other moms creating online, so she jumps right in when she has the opportunity to participate in a boot camp run by her favorite social-media mom. However, it doesn’t take Ashley long to realize that curating a perfect life is a great way to miss life’s truly wonderful imperfections.
The Boat People by Sharon Bala
When a boat full of migrants lands on British Colombia’s shores, the terrified refugees are placed in detention centers, some separated from their children, as the government works to verify backgrounds and decide who can stay and who must go back. With dual storylines told from the POVs of one of the “boat people” and a young Canadian lawyer, we relive the complicated, perilous and heart-breaking journey of the displaced. Sound familiar?
The Ghost Keeper by Natalie Morrill
Among the headstones of Vienna’s cemeteries, Josef Tobak looks for peace and redemption after the war ends and his country—and life—is nearly unrecognizable. Reconnecting with former friends, colleagues and the many ghosts around him, Josef must come to terms with the choices he made that allowed him and his family to survive, as well as the choices those around him had to make.
The Rule of Stephens by Timothy Taylor
Catherine Bach miraculously survives a plane crash, but she soon learns that she is anything but untouchable to fate. As her personal, professional and private life begin to crumble, she discovers her doppelganger seems to be reaping the benefits of everything going wrong in Catherine’s life.
Mitzi Bytes by Kerry Clare
When an anonymous blogger is threatened with being outed, she is forced to reflect on the choices she has made and the relationships she has cultivated over the years, while discovering that she is not the only person hiding things from those they profess to care about. It’s amazing how different the stories we tell ourselves look from the other side of the screen.
Which authors will you read to celebrate Canada Day? Let us know in the comments!