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24 Sep 2017

Toronto

By Gracie Carroll

8 Books By Canadian Women We Can’t Wait To Read In 2018

By Alexandra Donaldson

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If reading more was one of your new year’s resolutions, this is the list you need. All eight of our picks are by female authors who also happen to be Canadian (so if you resolved to support local, this works too). From short story collections, to suburban tales to magical realism, there are plenty of great books coming out this year that span subject matter and style. Here are 8 books we can’t wait to read in 2018!

That Tiny Life by Erin Frances Fisher

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Short story collections seems to be gaining in popularity for 2018, which is great for people who love to read on their commute, or who want to take their time with an author. Enter, Erin Frances Fisher, a Canadian writer based in Victoria who releases That Tiny Life this year. This motley crew collection of stories range from the old American west to deep space in setting; and everything from 18th Century instruments to falconry in topic. Expect to encounter Fisher’s clear, detailed writing—it will engage you in topics you didn’t realize you cared about while also gently exploring the human condition.

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Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

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Claudia Dey is a Canadian writer that also happens to be one-half of the design duo behind the fashion label Horses Atelier. In Heartbreaker Dey tells the story of Billie Jean Fontaine, a woman with a mysterious past who vanishes from her small, possibly cult-ish town one evening leaving behind her husband and her teenage daughter. The aftermath of her disappearance is told in three parts—from the perspective of her daughter, from the perspective of her neighbour and from the perspective of her dog. It’s a fascinating read that touches on themes of relationships, family, love and loneliness.

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Who Took My Sister? by Shannon Webb-Campbell

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This collection of poems and letters is written by Mi’kmaq writer Shannon Webb-Campbell to her community. She writes of Mother Earth and Grandfather Sky while also touching on genocide, Indigenous women and her ancestral history.

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Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale

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Vancouver-based Jen Neale’s Land Mammals and Sea Creatures tells the story of Marty Bird, a Gulf War vet with PTSD, through the eyes of his 20-something daughter Julie. The story opens on the sea, with a majestic grey whale’s suicide. Confused? So is Julie. And that’s not the only animal that seems to have a death wish. As Julie begins to notice the strange animal behaviour around her, she’s also confronted with her father’s own changing behaviour, and his new friendship with a strange Jerry Lee Lewis impersonator who’s just arrived in town. There’s a touch of magic in this book that deals with post-war life, relationships, pets and of course, family.

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Motherhood by Sheila Heti

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Fans of Canadian author Sheila Heti will want to get their hands on the writer’s latest release entitled Motherhood. Part essay, part novel the book charts Heti’s own relationship with the decision of whether or not to have kids. Navigating the influence and opinions of friends, partners and family and considering the moral and meaningful questions related to motherhood, Heti’s latest is sure to relate to many readers.

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The Dictionary of Animal Languages by Heidi Sopinka

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Claudia Dey isn’t the only Horses Atelier designer to be releasing a book this year—Heidi Sopinka, one-half of the design duo is also releasing The Dictionary of Animal Languages. In this novel, 90-something Ivory is a reclusive artist, still working on a project that began in Paris right before the Second World War. An unexpected revelation forces Ivory to remember her past—the friend, the lover, the work she left behind when she began her life’s work. This beautifully rendered book is one you’ll want to spend time with.

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When We Were Birds by Maria Mutch

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This short story collection by Maria Mutch is for lovers of magical realism. The book includes imagery from a 1884 book called Practical Taxidermy, and includes stories that will you remind you of fables and fairy tale romance—with a touch of darkness of course.

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That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung

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Based in suburban Ontario in the 1970s, Carrianne Leung’s story jumps from household to household, offering multiple perspectives of both everyday life and also the recent tragic events that have plagued the town. A lonely housewife, a new Canadian, teenage girls and an elderly Grandmother all share their take on suburban living in the simultaneously sweet and dark take on human connection.

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HAPPY READING!

xo

@EDITSEVEN

(Story by Contributing Editor, Alexandra Donaldson)

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