September 26: The Japanese Lover
by Isabel Allende
At its core , this is a love story that spans decades, but it is about so much more . It's about surviving, about aging, about forbidden love , about the depth of caring and friendship that allows loved ones to seek their own happiness without reproach.
October 24: The Damned
by Andrew Pyper
Danny Orchard’s deceased twin sister has haunted him for twenty years and now, just when he’s met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive—so she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson. To save them from her wrath, he’ll have to meet his sister where she now resides—and hope that this time he can keep her there forever. – Simon and Schuster Canada
November 28: Trying to Float
by Nicolaia Rips
“Hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise—a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents” (Patricia Marx, New Yorker writer and bestselling author), Trying to Float is a seventeen-year-old’s darkly funny, big-hearted memoir about growing up in New York City’s legendary Chelsea Hotel. – Simon and Schuster Canada
January 23: A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara
The novel takes us on a 700-page tour of the life of an emotionally and physically damaged man, Jude St Francis, and the friends who try to stand between him and the demons (or “hyenas”, as he sees them) that torment him. It is a book about the limits of friendship, about the depths of pain and shame that a human can endure, and about the unending legacy of abuse. – Alex Preston, The Guardian
February 20: Fifteen Dogs
by Andre Alexis
If animals were granted human intelligence, would they die happier or unhappier? That’s the intriguing question at the heart of André Alexis’ imaginative novel, the most recent winner of Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize.
March 20: All Our Wrong Todays
by Elan Mastai
All Our Wrong Todays follows a man from a Utopian alternate universe who, through a time travel malfunction, winds up marooned in the real 2015. Now he must decide if he wants to establish a life in this new world, or head back to the Utopian one he came from.
April 24: Swimming Lessons
by Claire Fuller
In this spine-tingling tale Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but she never sends them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband has collected. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears.