St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the September 19, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

StarlightStarlight : a novel

By Richard Wagamese

The final novel from Richard Wagamese centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge and then redemption on a farm run by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A radiant novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion – and the land’s ability to heal us. With astonishing scenes set in the rugged backcountry of the B.C. Interior.



Women talkingWomen talking : a novel

By Miriam Toews

Based on real events that happened in a remote Mennonite community where more than 100 girls and women were drugged and assaulted in the night. Although focussed on a particular time and place, the novel contains within its 48 hours and setting inside a hayloft an entire universe of the experience of women (and therefore men, too) in our contemporary world.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the September 12, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Dutch wifeThe Dutch wife : a novel

By Ellen Keith

From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, this best-selling novel braids together the stories of three individuals who share a dark secret and are entangled in two of the most oppressive reigns of terror in modern history. See home-grown author Ellen Keith live at our first StarFest event of the season on Sept. 14, 7 pm, in the Arden.



WarlightWarlight : a novel

By Michael Ondaatje

Just after World War II, teenage siblings Nathaniel and Rachel stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history.

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

51pevt0wznlI AM WATCHING YOU by Teresa Driscoll

While on her way to attend a conference, Ella Longfield overhears two young men, recently released from prison, chatting-up two girls on the train.  Should she alert someone?  Try to contact their parents?  Does she have an obligation to do something?  These questions will stay with her for a very long time as the next day the news is full of the story of one of the girls having gone missing.

As the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Anna Ballard approaches, Ella is still wracked with guilt and is now getting ugly and threatening letters.  And then those secrets that everyone tries to hide start to be revealed, as the police concentrate on Anna’s family.

As a thriller, this was a good page-turner.  However, I could have done without the occasional commentary by the creepy “watcher”.  The story could have unfolded on its own without these episodes and would have been a better novel for it.

2 daggers
Joanne gives this “2 daggers out of 5”