Holiday Recommendations – Michael’s Picks

Looking for the perfect gift for the book-lover in your life? We’ve got some recommendations! Here are Michael’s top three picks for the season:

Montreal Noir
Akashic Books // 9781617753459 // $22.95
“Fifteen of Quebec and English Canada’s finest crime writers paint Montreal’s famous neighbourhoods with a textured and slightly sinister brush. These short stories are a twisted love letter to an intriguing, mysterious, flawed city, with a body count and gruesome plot turn in each .”

The Last Wave by Gillian Best
House of Anansi Press // 9781487002930 // $22.95
“A debut novel that resonates on many levels, this is a moving portrait of an aging married couple dealing with terminal illness and dementia. This is a modern form of story-telling that moves comfortably backwards and forwards over sixty years, giving the reader an intimate glimpse of a family unravelling and reconciling. A great choice for anyone who loves the sea, and understands the lure and meditative qualities of swimming in open water.”

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
Atlantic Monthly Press // 9780802127143 // $37.50
“A favourite author in our office who sadly lost her battle to cancer this past June at only 64. Dunmore was an accomplished poet and novelist—she worked on the finals edits of “Birdcage Walk” while seriously ill and not knowing that her life was coming to its end. Set in Bristol, England, in 1789, during a period of frenetic property speculation and a  housing boom that came crashing down with momentous force. The crisp, succinct  writing style comes from an author who is not yet conscious of her own fate. With the backdrop of the French Revolution, the scene is set for Dunmore’s intriguing characters to grapple with their own legacies and the darkness that haunts and tears at their souls.”

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