Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
“I wonder”, said Hermes, “what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.”
“I’ll wager a year’s servitude”, answered Apollo.
And so it begins, a bet between Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking and those who embrace change.
By turns charming and strange, Fifteen Dogs shows you can teach an old genre new tricks.
The Whistler by John Grisham
Set in the Florida panhandle, the “Whistler” centres on an elaborate conspiracy involving an Indian reservation, an organized crime syndicate, and a crooked judge skimming a small fortune from the tribal casino’s monthly haul.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Imagine Hamlet as an educated, erudite, English embryo, in no small part due to his mother’s habit of listening to Radio 4 all day and night. His current concern in his third semester state is that his mother and uncle are having an affair and plotting to kill his father. This book is fun to read for its novel plot and for its wild, whirling wordplay.
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Molly's Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected.
Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A young man trapped in darkness listens to a girl’s voice over the radio. This is the first scene author Anthony Doerr imagined, in what became his book “All the Light We Cannot See.” The novel flips between the stories of two young people grappling with the events of World War II: A curious, blind French girl, and a German boy with a talent for fixing radios. Eventually, their stories weave together. The novel took Doerr a decade to research and write; he was not expecting it to be widely read. But it was a breakout literary hit in 2014 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
The Improbablity of Love by Hannah Rothschild
The plot. Lord, where to begin. Annie buys a painting at a junk shop. Jesse, a struggling offers to help her determine the painter. Poor lambs; they have no idea what lies ahead. The reader suddenly enters London’s art scene, whose gallery of divas includes a Russian billionaire thug named Vlad and a 69-year-old gay Svengali named Barthomley Chesterfield Fitzroy St. George who never met a wig or paparazzo he didn’t like.Sometimes silly but always witty and irreverent, this book reveals both the lows to which human nature can stoop and the heights to which the soul can soar,