Stories of emigration and rootlessness.
In this latest short-story collection Josip Novakovich explores the shallow roots of emigration as he traverses North America from university post to writing residency. These stunning stories showcase the author at his most intimate, taking on an aura of memoir as they invite us into the privacy of his family experiences. Above all, Novakovich is in search of a natural existence, whether it be living close to the land or raising animals.
The author of the critically acclaimed Ex-Yu, which illustrated the lives of those scarred by the Balkan wars, here revels in the rootlessness of America and its wide-open spaces. As a companion to Ex-Yu (2015), Tumbleweed reveals a rarefied author who is as capable of warming readers’ hearts as he is of probing the depths of global despair.
“A portrait and kaleidoscope of a character who is truer than life.” –Josée Lapointe, La Presse
“A novel for the Wikipedia generation.” –Dominque Tardif, Voir
“[Plamondon] demonstrates that we can approach drama without falling into pathos or cynicism.” –Judy Quinn, Nuit Blanche
“There seems to be something urgently contemporary about Plamondon’s wikipedic approach. The modern West might be generally sceptical of grand narratives or broad metaphysical accounts of the world, but it also a society with a hitherto unimaginable amount of data at its fingertips. Faced with large amounts of information, we humans have always had a desperate need to organize, to establish connections, to see meaning in the random. Express gives us the pleasure of knowledge and the teasing challenge of puzzling out order, but it also provides a gentle warning about reading too much into the chaos.” –André Forget, The Walrus
All That Sang
Obsession, unrequited passions and the power of music.
A visceral tale of obsession and creativity, unrequited passions and the power of music. A love story in which art is a foil to companionship, and the intellect an interlocutor of the heart.
In the utterly unique All that Sang, the second fiction by Lambda Literary Award-finalist Lydia Perovic, a Toronto opera critic on assignment in Paris falls in love with the subject she’s been sent to interview, France’s leading female conductor. But is the attention evenly matched, is genuine connection even possible?
Perovic guides us through the panorama that orbits contemporary courtship. The jilted lover, the housekeeper, the chiropractor, the manager, all take part in a chorus of voices that illustrate the unknowable creative spirit whose inaccessibility fires the writer’s obsession.
Reminiscent of the bold and inventive fictions of Ali Smith and Siri Hustvedt, postmodern refractions play with the reader’s sense of perspective to build the persona of affection, a figure of reality and imagination that we all recognize but can never truly access.
“This kaleidoscopic love story – told from many angles in elegant, crystalline prose – creates a world that holds the reader skillfully in between. Between Toronto and Paris, music and listening, lust and loss. Unrequited and erotic, All That Sang is a story of longing beautifully sent to us in the manner that only true longing can convey.’ –Jacob Wren, author of Polyamorous Love Song
“I loved this book, the gripping intelligence of its desire and the ways in which it maps lust and existence, place and devotion. Lydia Perovic’s slender, passionate novella grieves, remembers and celebrates a universe.” –Madeleine Thien, author of Dogs at the Perimeter
The Goddess of Fireflies
"Fireflies is an unflinching account of teen life. The novel avoids a moralizing tone and leaves judgment to readers, but most importantly, it is a story about girlhood, coming-of-age, and the fraught negotiation of sexuality and identity faced by young women."-Rachel Carlson, The Winnipeg Review
English Is Not a Magic Language
This new novel by Poulin is an elegy to lasting love.–Robert Lévesque, La Presse
Read for the beauty of the text: precision, rigor, and simplicity ... The qualities of the heart as well as his thoughts filter through the characters. –Anne-Marie Voisard, Le Soleil
English is not a Magic Language is a delightfully magical story.It is one book that will certainly enhance your love of reading.–The Miramichi Reader