Canadian fiction is not a clearly defined or predictable genre. It is not a genre at all, really, since the commonality is merely the author’s nationality. So there is a full spectrum of fiction in this category, but the ones below are the best intelligent 21st century page-turners I've read in the past few years.
by David A. Richards
When the working men sweat, you will sweat. It masquerades as historic fiction, well it is historic fiction, but this story is alive and brimming with sweat and pain and tension that you will feel acutely as you read.
by Anosh Irani
This is a fantastic journey through the back streets of Bombay led by the narrator who has lost his arm and is determined to find it! The journey is full of riddles and little tests and lots of humor.
by Jane Urquhart
This is about the strength of women, but it is also about Canada’s small town histories, and it is about memorializing the World Wars. These elements are wonderfully mixed together and, with a little lost love plot tossed in as well, engaging.
by Mary Lawson
This story goes back and forth between the central character’s childhood in a remote and rural community with no parents, and her urban and academic adult life. The juxtaposition of her two lives demonstrates some important struggles within families and between classes.
by Miriam Toews
The town’s claim to fame is being the smallest town in Canada and the mayor is obsessively concerned with every birth and death, trying to make sure the town’s population doesn’t grow! But there are lots of other plot lines in this small town fiction: drama and sadness with humor around the edges.
by Yann Martel
This story is important and everyone should read it if you haven’t already. And it is easy to read because most of the book is a light narration of Pi’s childhood days in the zoo, followed by his amazing survival in a boat with a tiger. Or is it?
by Michael Ondaatje
It seems to me that Ondaatje can go anywhere in his fiction. Set in various towns across the USA, the story travels just like the characters over time. There is a mix of sub plots to keep the reader always looking for connections and, of course, divisions.
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Rhonda Miller is a bookbinder and book artist in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her work focuses on the study of historic book structures and combining historic bookbinding techniques with modern materials to create beautiful, functional journals. Learn about her current projects, research, and galleries of previous work at her website.
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