Category Archives: Historical Fiction

88. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)

“He had given me the power of one – one idea, one heart, one mind, one plan, one determination” October’s book club theme was South Africa.   The book selected was the Power of One, the first novel written by Bryce Courtenay … Continue reading

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Steven Price – Grimsby Author Series

Last night was the opening night of the 15th season of the fabulous Grimsby Author Series.  The room was filled to capacity with an audience eager to hear the readings of Steven Price and Emma Donoghue, the first 2 authors of the 2016-17 … Continue reading

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78. The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)

The Underground Railroad is an impactful tale of a slave’s dramatic escape from abuse through the underground railroad which has been heavily promoted as one of Oprah’s picks for her popular book club.  Despite my plan for a lighter read after finishing both … Continue reading

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77. Away (Jane Urquhart)

Away is the story of Esther who is reflecting on family history while she is losing her family homestead to the progress of a quarry.  The historic tale begins when an Irish girl named Mary discovers a sailor clinging to life … Continue reading

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76. Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)

Homegoing is reminiscent of Roots (Arthur Haley) and The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill) and provides a graphic description of the  generational impact of the horrors and violence of slavery.  The novel begins with half-sisters, unknown to each other, living in the Cape Coast … Continue reading

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69. Slammerkin (Emma Donoghue)

In preparation for the 2016-17 Grimsby Author series, I am reading the works of Emma Donoghue.  She is a Canadian author (born in Ireland) best known for the novel (and subsequent movie) Room.  Slammerkin is a complete different style of … Continue reading

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July: A Month of Reading Canadian

As part of a Goodreads challenge in the group CanadianContent, I have been reading Canadian for the month of July as a way of celebrating Canada Day!  It has helped me read through a number of the books from CBC’s … Continue reading

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63. The Cellist of Sarajevo (Steven Galloway)

In 1984, when I was in grade 6, my class followed the Sarajevo Winter Olympic games.  I remember watching the events and preparing a scrapbook of clippings complete with a laminated cover.  My creative cover sported the olympic rings which … Continue reading

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61. George and Rue (George Elliott Clarke)

This novel is a fictional tale based on a historic incident where two brothers, George and Rufus Hamilton, were hung after the murder and robbery of a taxi driver in 1949.  This murder happened in New Brunswick and the novel … Continue reading

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58. Obasan (Joy Kogawa)

I found an old copy of Obasan as part of my commitment to read more Canadian and to work through the list of CBC’s list of 100 Books that Make You Proud to be Canadian.  It is a semi-autobiographical novel based … Continue reading

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