Book picks as published in the Dec. 4, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Reproduction : a novel
By Ian Williams
Felicia and Edgar meet as their mothers are dying. Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family, come together only because their mothers share a hospital room. This is a profoundly insightful exploration of the bizarre ways people become bonded that insists that family isn’t a matter of blood. Winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Trust exercise : a novel
By Susan Choi
In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. This novel will incite conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award (US) for Fiction.