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Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill Set in Montreal and New York between the wars, a spellbinding story about two orphans whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future, from the bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author.
The Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis
Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi In twenty-five pieces from Rolling Stone—plus two original essays—Matt Taibbi tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion.
The Evenings by Gerard Reve THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF A POSTWAR MASTERPIECE 'I work in an office. I take cards out of a file. Once I have taken them out, I put them back in again. That is it.'
The Strays by Emily Bitto For readers of Atonement, a hauntingly powerful story about the fierce friendship between three sisters and their friend as they grow up on the outskirts of their parents' wild and bohemian artistic lives.

22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

22_Britannia_Road22 Britannia Road, Amanda Hodgkinson, Penguin Books, $17.00

While reading this touching novel a quote kept haunting me.  It took me a while to find it but it was Bertrand Russell ‘s “War does not determine who is right - only who is left”.   Hodgkinson’s first novel explores this with such gentle skill and honesty it breaks your heart. Silvana and Janusz are a young couple with a new baby when Poland is invaded and war breaks out.  Janusz enlists to fight for his country while Silvana remains in the capital with their son Aurek.  The next time they see each other is five years later, after the war, when Janusz manages to find his wife and son alive and living in the forest.  He arranges to bring them to England where he has landed to start building their new life together.  But have they both changed too much?  Changes that were necessary to survive their individual experiences and the secrets they both now must keep to survive this new one.  Each has their own narrative with a double timeline – the past and its brutal choices – the present with its new ones.  And through it all runs Aurek, their son; raised in the forest, guarded and feral, distrusting of a father he has never known.

This riveting novel is set against a background of a recovering England; fresh from the war and in the throes of rebuilding a shiny new future -- just the place for this struggling couple and their lost child.  Hodgkinson handles the plotline and multiple narratives easily – the flashbacks interwoven with the present so seamlessly that the reader is engrossed from the first page.  The writing is clean, clear and unsentimental, the characters well drawn and poignant.  A very impressive debut and I look forward to her next with enthusiasm.

It’s hard not to have war on your mind as we enter this month of Remembrance.  All our thoughts go out to veterans and their families and all they have given for us.  Thank you.

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News and Events

Wednesday, February 22nd - Dennis McConaghy

 Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd  as we welcome Dennis McConaghy and his new book Dysfunction

Dennis will be in the store from 7 to 9p.m. to discuss the book and sign copies.

Canada Reads

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