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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Canadian Debut Novels

Yesterday, I posted about the Kobo Emerging Writers Prizes given to Canadian authors.  That got me to thinking about debut novels and I came across this list of 25 Canadian debut novels compiled by CBC Books:  http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/06/the-25-greatest-canadian-debut-novels.html.

I’ve read 14 of the titles on that list, and some of them are among the best novels I’ve ever read.  I would highly recommend                         What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin
                                                                Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
                                                                River Thieves by Michael Crummey         
                                                                A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay
                                                                Obasan by Joy Kogawa
                                                                Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
                                                                No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
                                                                Annabel by Kathleen Winter
                                                               
To the CBC list of great Canadian debut novels, I would add the following:
                                                                Tamarind Mem by Anita Rau Badami
                                                                The Good House by Bonnie Burnard
                                                                Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens
                                                                Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
                                                                The Birth House by Ami McKay
                                                                Kit’s Law by Donna Morrissey
                                                                Cool Water by Dianne Warren

So those are my 15 suggestions for Canadian debut novels.