Margaret Thompson

We are Born with Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia By Katherine Palmer Gordon Harbour Publishing, 2013 246 pages,  $24.95 Reviewed by Margaret Thompson As its publisher suggests, Katherine Palmer Gordon’s sixth book, We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us, is particularly timely. Regrettably, Canadians have grown […]

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The Widow Tree Nicole Lundrigan Harbour Publishing 312 pages; $22.95   Reviewed by Margaret Thompson Nicole Lundrigan’s fifth novel, The Widow Tree, is a complex tale of hidden wrongs, of stillborn plans, of betrayal and fatal misunderstandings. Above all, it is about consequences and the long arm of the past. The author chooses a perfect […]

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Rupert’s Land Meredith Quartermain NeWest Press, 2013 296 pages, $20.95 Reviewed by Margaret Thompson The title of award-winning poet Meredith Quartermain’s first novel immediately summons up Charles II’s land-gift to the nascent Hudson’s Bay Company, but this is no fur trade story. What is important about Rupert’s Land in this context is its immensity, and […]

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The Insistent Garden by Rosie Chard Published by NeWest Press 320 pages; $19.95 Reviewed by Margaret Thompson Once upon a time, in a sleepy town in the Midlands, there lived a sad girl called Edith.  Rosie Chard’s debut novel, Seal Intestine Raincoat (NeWest, 2009), which won the 2010 Trade Fiction Book Award, is a tense […]

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