A 2018 Canada reads contester was inspired by the over five hundred people who arrived on Canada’s west coast from Sri Lanka.
We learn of Mahindan’s life in Lanka where he was a mechanic at the mercy of both the Lankan government and the Tigers; in Canada, Grace, a hard line adjudicator has a tough stance on those who don’t arrive through the proper channels; and Priya, a lawyer dragged into working with the refugees when she wants to specialize in corporate law.
What will happen to the refugees who are turned back? How will the Canadian officials’ characters change after working with the Tamils for months? This is absolutely the best read on the crisis in Lanka (that still continues today for anyone not Buddhist) and what Tamils have had to endure to stay alive.
Set in Montreal, Beena and Sadhana are close because of the death of their parents in their teens. While their uncle takes care of them, Beena sees a change in her sister. It’s only with Sadhana’s death, that Beena tries to unravel the cause of her sister’s end. Continue reading “Saleema Nawzaz’s — Bone and Bread *****”
Hosea Funk, the mayor of a small town, is obsessed in obtaining the perfect population figure in the hope of meeting the prime minister. He drags Knute along as he checks on births and deaths, making this a humourous tale. Continue reading “Mariam Toews — A boy of good breeding *****”
This year’s winner of the Whistler Independent book award, The Beggar’s Dance is a beautifully written tale of overcoming obstacles set in a colourful East African city against the lives of its people. Continue reading “Farida Somjee’s — The Beggar’s Dance*****”
What happens when you lose the most precious person in your life — a daughter? This is the agonizing dilemma Sripathi, living in India, finds himself in when he learns of his daughter and her husband’s death in Canada. Soon their daughter, Nandana arrives and Sripathi has to come to terms with his loss. Continue reading “Anita Rau Badami’s — Hero’s Walk *****”
This is the story of how Madhu, a hijra, survives in Mumbai’s notorious red-light district. Madhu is too old for prostitution, so begs on the street until called for a special job when the parcel arrives. Continue reading “Anosh Irani’s — The Parcel *****”
After Jessica’s mother dies, she discovers two dead girls hidden in her mother’s basement freezer. Jessica cannot believe her mother might be responsible, remembering the number of children her mother helped foster. Continue reading “Jen Sookfong Lee’s — The Conjoined *****”