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My 23 Top Novels That Thrill
As the conclusion to my Promise Falls trilogy, The Twenty-Three, hits bookstores, I thought I’d share my twenty-three favourite novels that, in one way or another, thrilled me.

How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?

Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.

Leonard Cohen was the rare poet who wrote with the rapt devotion of a monk, and the rare monk who knew how to charm every last part of the world.

– Pico Iyer

He was a hero for our generation and for the next – stepping bravely into new forms, a great writer who then became a great songwriter.

– Michael Ondaatje

My page was too white / My ink was too thin / The day wouldn’t write / What the night pencilled in

– “The Book of Longing”


10 Book Picks for Fans of Horror Flicks
A bit of blood, gore, and witches galore – all of the elements needed to set the atmosphere for Halloween.

Yiddish is the perfect pirate tongue. It plunders with panache and delights - often with delicious irony - in the rich swash of its own buckle.

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This is a very good book of short stories from a very good writer—a linked collection that is addictive, while at the same time, like any addiction, increasingly painful.

- Maclean’s

Gary Barwin’s new novel combines swashbuckling and stories of the diaspora, told with some of the most original language play since Ulysses.

- Joyland

Steven Price has done a daring thing: taken a long look at a complex, utterly fascinating 19th-century crime. Price’s gift for unraveling a terrific yarn shines through. Give this book a try.

- Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist 


An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.

- People

Intelligent, powerful and moving. This is Madeleine Thien’s magnum opus.

Tan Twan Eng, author of The Garden of Evening Mists

Like Milan Kundera, Szalay positions his characters somewhere along the endlessly contested lines that he draws between comedy and something subtler, less showy, and altogether sadder than tragedy.

The Guardian, Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee

Eileen is a highbrow noir that introduces Ottessa Moshfegh as a talent to look out for.

- Bustle

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