The first clue you have that Double Dutch is a book you need to pick up? A blurb on the cover from Neil Smith (another essential bookcase...
The first clue you have that Double Dutch is a book you need to pick up? A blurb on the cover from Neil Smith (another essential bookcase addition if you haven't read him — start with Bang Crunch!). Smith's endorsement tells you that Double Dutch is something special, and once you dive into these stories, you'll be firmly on board with his opinion.
Beautifully bizarre, the tales are wickedly creative without being gimmicky, and the fun Trunkey has makes them all the more appealing. Whether it's a man navigating life after a bear takes over his wife's body or the tragic public death of a circus elephant, these stories are strange and beautiful, imaginative and unafraid of emotion. While the love life of Ronald Reagan's body double might sound like grounds for comedy, Trunkey turns even the strangest fodder into something sad, strange and compelling.
Don't miss it if: You've been waiting for the lovechild of George Saunders and Junot Diaz.
If you still have a CanLit hangover from reading W.O. Mitchell in high school, New Tab is the antidote. Brutally funny (you will text lines to...
If you still have a CanLit hangover from reading W.O. Mitchell in high school, New Tab is the antidote. Brutally funny (you will text lines to your friends, it's that good) and deliciously vibrant, it's a Montreal cool-kid story that doesn't feel forced or twee. The intensely timely and brilliant witty story of a twenty-something video game designer unpacks our obsession with living our lives online and the consequences — emotional, social, and physical — of connectivity. It also touches on essential Montrealer themes of bilingualism and community.
Read Morissette now so you can be ahead of the trend when he's widely embraced. This kind of hilarious, insightful storytelling doesn't come along everyday.
Don't miss it if: You still remember that transfer student from Quebec you crushed on in high school.
This debut novel comes on the heels of Sullivan's 2013 short story collection, which was picked by the Globe & Mail as a best book of the...
This debut novel comes on the heels of Sullivan's 2013 short story collection, which was picked by the Globe & Mail as a best book of the year. To cut to the chase, this book is dark. Really dark. "Cormac McCarthy goes pale reading it" kind of dark. But it's not sensational or offensive in its darkness — instead it uses the gritty underbelly of a collapsing town to talk about people; the way they make decisions in desperate times, the way they can be broken, and the difficulty that comes in putting themselves back together. Throw a dead lion and some skinheads into the mix, and you've got a novel unlike anything published recently.
This book is going to make a big splash, with its mix of brutality and insight, so if you've got the courage, don't miss it.
Don't miss it if: There's no such thing as too gritty for your bookshelf.