Chris Fox

Matadora By Elizabeth Ruth Comorant 327 pages, $21.95 Reviewed by Chris Fox             Matadora is Elizabeth Ruth’s third novel. It follows Smoke, her second novel, which tells an entransing tale of a small Ontario tobacco town in the late fifties, and Ten Good Seconds of Silence, her first, which now that I’ve read Matadora and […]


The Imposter Bride By Nancy Richler Harper Collins, 360 pages, $29.99 Reviewed by Chris Fox Nancy Richler’s The Imposter Bride is a haunting, often beautiful, read. It offers history and insight into human relations as it explores how the two shape each other in this story of one woman’s search for the mother who left […]

Are You my Mother?: A Comic Drama By Alison Bechdel Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 297 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Chris Fox Fans of Alison Bechdel will be interested in her second family-based graphic novel, Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.  The graphic skills that made Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For and Fun Home: A […]

Y By Marjorie Celona Published by Hamish Hamilton Canada, $30 Reviewed by Chris Fox Marjorie Celona has updated the foundling novel for the 21st-century. Set on Vancouver Island, the back story of the abandonment, essentially that of the birth parents, is as developed as foundling Shannon’s story. Celona alternates events in the two stories with […]