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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016 Canada Reads Finalists

CBC today announced the five finalists in Canada Reads 2016.  This year’s theme is starting over.  All five books centre on themes of transformation and second chances; stories about people choosing, or being forced to choose, a dramatically different course in life.

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
Birdie is a comic novel that follows a Cree woman as she leaves her northern Alberta home on an adventure that forces her to revisit tragedy in her past.

Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz
Bone and Bread is a portrait of two sisters who struggle with their cultural identity when they are orphaned as teens and raised by their traditional Sikh uncle.

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
In The Illegal, a runner flees his homeland in hopes of starting over in a new country.  But when his plans fall through, he must run for his life in this take on the plight of undocumented immigrants everywhere.
(See my review on my blog entry of September 19, 2015.)

Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter
Minister Without Portfolio is a portrait of a man who uproots his life while trying to recover from a difficult breakup.

The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami
Set in a small town in India, The Hero's Walk is an intimate look at a troubled family.  When his daughter and her husband are killed in a car crash, an Indian man must take in a seven-year-old Canadian granddaughter he has never met.
(I read this book in 2000 when it was first published, but I wasn't writing reviews at that time.  I do remember liking the book, as I have enjoyed all of this author's books.)

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I have some reading to do before the debates begin on March 21.