Transit by Rachel Cusk
After her marriage ends, Faye moves from her home in the country to a derelict apartment in London with her children. In rebuilding her life, Faye seeks out conversation with those she encounters — a contractor, her hairdresser, an ex-boyfriend and others — listening keenly to their stories on abandonment, rejection and transformation.
Minds of Winter by Ed O'Loughlin
In Inuvik, N.W.T., two strangers search for lost family members. Nelson Nilsson is looking for his estranged older brother and Fay for her grandfather. When a familiar image among Nelson's research captures Fay's attention, the pair find themselves caught up in an historic mystery involving an ancient chronometer and Sir John Franklin's Northwest Passage expedition.
Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill
Jean Mason reportedly has a doppelganger — one that enjoys eating churros and hanging out in Kensington Market, a bohemian neighbourhood in Toronto. The revelation becomes an obsession for the grounded business owner and mother, who ends up hanging around the market for glimpses of her and offering payment to anybody with information. The investigation grows sinister as those she recruits begin disappearing.
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
Jared is many things: a compassionate 16 year old, maker of famous weed cookies, caretaker of his elderly neighbours, son of an unreliable father and unhinged, though loving in her way, mother. As Jared ably cares for those around him, in between getting black-out drunk, he shrugs off the magical and strange happenings that follow him around.
I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters
When Réjean Lapointe vanishes without a trace, he leaves behind his wife of nearly 20 years and his beloved Chevy Silverado. Agathe is distraught by her husband's disappearance and ends up forming friendships with her rock-and-roll-loving coworker Debbie and a man named Martin, who might just know what happened to Réjean.
The winner, who will receive $100,000, will be announced on November 20, 2017. For further information, go to http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2017-shortlist/.