Bishop’s Man by Linden McIntyre. 2009 Giller Prize winner. Explores the scandals, secrets and guilt of Catholic priests.
Broken: A Love Story: Horses, Humans and Redemption on the Wind River Indian Reservation by Lisa Jones. “A journalist suffering from a broken heart documents her spiritual transformation through her work with an Arapahoe medicine man and horse trainer, in this captivating and beautifully rendered memoir.” –catalogue
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin Small town Ireland and Brooklyn, New York of the 1950’s are contrasted in this novel about a young woman torn between the life she has built and the one she has left behind.
A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates a murder in a tiny Quebec village.
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon. Seventh in the engrossing tale of time traveling Claire and rebel Jamie Fraser.
February by Lisa Moore. “Helen O’Mara’s life is divided between her everyday existence as mother and grandmother and her internal memories and reflections on her life with her late husband Cal who died long ago aboard the oil rig Ocean Ranger. Then Helen’s wayward son John returns home asking his mother to help him decide how to deal with his girlfriend’s pregnancy.” –catalogue
Galore by Michael Crummey. “A family saga and love story set in the improbable medievalesque world that was rural Newfoundland. Remote and isolated, exposed to extremes of climate and fate, the people of Paradise Deep persist in a realm where the line between the everyday and the otherworldly is hard to distinguish.” –catalogue
The Help by Kathryn Stockett. “Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.” –catalogue
Hit and Mrs by Lesley Crewe – A trip to New York to celebrate a group of friend’s fiftieth birthday goes haywire when they unwittingly smuggle diamonds for the mob and accidentally kill a cabbie with pepper spray.
I’m Down: A Memoir by Mishna Wolff offers big does of humour with the pathos of the memoirist recounting a white childhood with a father who thought he was black.
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd Century America by Robert Charles Wilson. Sci fi with great discussion items in the realms of society and socialization, idealism and change.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave. “A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers–one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.”–catalogue