Leah, Queen's Square | September 1, 2021
Did you think that the excitement stopped with our sizzling summer reads? Not to worry, we’re bringing you extra heat with our hot Fall reads. Check out the newest, hottest, most buzz-worthy books that everyone is talking about!
Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny - Penny just keeps getting better! Gamache is back, this time unenthusiastically providing security to a controversial figure. Ethical quandaries abound and Gamache is called upon to solve murders with his keen detecting skills and understanding of human nature. Publisher’s Weekly calls this “provocative and brilliant” and exclaims that Penny “just goes from strength to strength”.
A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins – Hawkins newest thriller delves into lives of several damaged people living in London. This satisfying whodunit kicks off with the brutal murder of 23-year-old Daniel Sutherland on his houseboat. But which damaged person finally snapped?
The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding- In this clever and twisty domestic thriller from Harding, the outwardly successful Adler family is being harassed, but why? It’s hard to tell when each of them has a potentially devastating secret. You’ll never guess what’s coming…
Em by Kim Thuy- Canadian author Thuy’s books are small masterpieces of beauty, pain and resilience. Told in her vivid poetic style, Em is the story of an abandoned baby found and taken in by a young boy living on the streets of Vietnam in the ‘70s. Anchored in historical detail, Em reveals those transcendent moments of grace that make us human.
Judge’s List by John Grisham- Lacy Stoltz fought corruption in The Whistler and now she’s back, using all her investigative skills to bring down a corrupt judge. But this judge isn’t just taking bribes, he’s taking lives. You don’t want to be on the judge’s list…
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston - “McQuiston's joyful sophomore romp mixes quirky characters, coming-of-age confusion, laugh-out-loud narration, and hilarious pop-cultural references. At 23, August Landry moves to Brooklyn with few belongings but heaps of emotional baggage. But before long she finds herself falling for Jane Su, a punk lesbian she sees everyday on her commute. But Jane's from the 1970s, doomed to ride the Subway forever unless August can find a way to rescue her. This time-slip rom-com is an absolute delight.” - Publisher’s Weekly
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz - How well do you really know your best friend? That’s a question Emily’s asking herself, when on their latest vacation, her friend Kristen ends up killing a backpacker. Kristen says it was self-defense but there was a similar incident on their vacation last year…Don’t miss this eerie psychological thriller!
Love in Color by Bolu Babalola - “In her debut collection, internationally acclaimed writer Bolu Babalola retells the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology with incredible new detail and vivacity. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and stories from long-erased places. Love in Color is a celebration of romance in all its many splendid forms.” – Publisher’s Weekly
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead - The latest from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author is set in 1960s Harlem, where furniture salesman Ray Carney gets involved with criminals who want to rob Hotel Theresa. This novel is a family saga, crime novel, and morality play all wrapped up in one dazzling novel.
Matrix by Lauren Groff- This exhilarating novel tells the story of seventeen-year-old Marie de France, who is sent to an impoverished abbey in England where she finds love and focus among the sisters working there. This historical novel, set partially in the royal court of Eleanor of Aquitaine, explores friendship, female power and creativity.
Ring by Andre Alexis - Alexis finishes a group of novels (Pastoral, Fifteen Dogs, The Hidden Keys, and Days by Moonlight) that are genre-bending, philosophical, and quite funny in subtle ways. Ring is a romance story complicated by a possibly magic ring, and Alexis’s desire to turn the romance novel on its head.
Prairie Chicken Dance Tour by Dawn Dumont – This novel tells the story of an unlikely group of Indigenous dancers who find themselves thrown together on a performance tour of Europe. Expect sharp insights and humour as well. Dumont is both a lawyer and stand-up-comic, so the combination comes naturally to her writing.
August into Winter by Guy Vanderhaeghe – Don’t miss 3-time Governor-General’s award winner Guy Vanderhaeghe’s first novel in ten years. Ernie Sickert sets in motion a series of events that begins with unspeakable violence. Set in 1939, it continues his masterful exploration of Canadian prairie life with deeply created and memorable characters.
Beautiful World, Where are You by Sally Rooney – Rooney continues her incisive, (some may say ruthless) look at the lives of Millennials. Two couples, Alice and Felix and Eileen and Simon provide the basis for Rooney to explore the power of art, beauty, love, plastic and future of capitalism.