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Book Review: Winter Child

Category: Alexander De Pompa, Issue 76, News, Reviews

Winter Child Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, 200 pgs, Freehand Books,, $21.95 When her son is born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, a mother watches in agony as a doctor tries to resuscitate him until “at last the baby uttered a first tentative croak like a frog unsure of spring’s arrival.” The child […]

Book Review: Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person

Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person Daniel Zomparelli, 204 pgs, Arsenal Pulp Press,, $15.95 Why ghost someone when you could date a ghost instead? In “Ghosts Can Be Boyfriends Too” — the opening story of Daniel Zomparelli’s debut collection of interconnected short stories — Jared, a twenty-something gay man, forms a triad […]

Book Review: The Bone Mother

The Bone Mother David Demchuk, 228 pgs, ChiZine Press,, $19.99 The last of Eastern Europe’s mythical creatures have fled to three neighbouring villages on the Ukrainian and Romanian border. Their final days — as they are hunted down by the brutal and mysterious Night Police — are chronicled in David Demchuk’s chilling, Giller Prize-nominated […]

Book Review: Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall

Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall Suzette Mayr, 224 pgs, Coach House Books,, $18.95 Dr. Edith Vane is going to start the new academic year right. She’s going to exer-cise, publish her monograph, and become “the architect of [her] life.” But with a bro-ken washing machine, an ineffective robot therapist, and […]

Book Review: Canadian Shield

Canadian Shield, Kelley Aitken, 128 pgs, Tightrope Books,, $21.95 One of the defining geographic and geologic features of Canada, the Canadian Shield, inspires awe, symbolizing the beauty and danger of the Canadian wilderness. In her new short story collection, Kelley Aitken takes the Canadian Shield as the stage and centrepiece for her nine emotionally […]

Book Review: The Animal Game

The Animal Game, Kirsteen MacLeod, 138 pgs, Tightrope Books,, $21.95 In Kirsteen MacLeod’s debut collection of nine interlinked short stories, characters travel throughout Brazil and India searching for spirituality and interpersonal equanimity. Eight of the nine stories in The Animal Game are told from the perspective of an unnamed woman training to become a […]