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Any key know any good holiday reads set in Canada?

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Crikeyblimey Wed 09-Jul-14 21:25:09

Long shot, I know but we are off to Canada for 3 weeks soon (excited much???!) and I like to read at least one book set in the place I'm travelling in.

Can any of you lovely people recommend anything set in Canada? Preferably Alberts or British Colombia?

I particularly like a good thriller / crime fiction but am open to any suggestions.


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BestIsWest Wed 09-Jul-14 21:49:08

Alias Grace -Margaret Atwood and Unless by Carol Shields.

Crikeyblimey Wed 09-Jul-14 22:08:54

Oh, thanks. I love Margaret Atwood! Why didn't I think of her? Doh!

Keep em coming. smile

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FreeButtonBee Wed 09-Jul-14 22:09:56

Robertson Davies is an interesting writer who is Canadian. Bit bonkers but fun.

IvyMay Wed 09-Jul-14 22:11:15

A children's book...but Anne of Green Gables

WhatSheSaid Wed 09-Jul-14 22:14:34

I love Alice Munro's short stories.

ChippyMinton Wed 09-Jul-14 22:19:23

A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. Beautiful book by a Japanese-Canadian set in BC.

Lucked Wed 09-Jul-14 22:21:10

The tenderness of wolves by Stef Penney.

VioletGoesVintage Wed 09-Jul-14 22:21:35

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. You'd never believe she hadn't actually been to Canada before she wrote it.

FreeButtonBee Wed 09-Jul-14 22:22:03

Oh fugitive pieces is a beautiful haunting book partially based in Canada - Anne Michaels is the author.

Not a light read but truly memorable.

VioletGoesVintage Wed 09-Jul-14 22:22:07

Ooh, x-post - but it really is good.

Lucked Wed 09-Jul-14 22:24:44

For crime fiction some of Kathy Rechis books are set in Canada.

Delphiniumsblue Wed 09-Jul-14 22:26:06

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

Crikeyblimey Wed 09-Jul-14 22:26:18

Wow! Thanks everyone.

I'm off to peruse.

I like the sound of 'haunting'!

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Uptheairymountain Wed 09-Jul-14 22:31:29

Thriller and crome, you say?

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney is pretty good. Or Margaret Jennings' series Murdoch Mysteries (as on TV).

Uptheairymountain Wed 09-Jul-14 22:35:07

Slow typist x-posting blush

mellicauli Wed 09-Jul-14 22:45:54

Shipping News by Annie Proulx is set in Newfoundland.

kweggie Wed 09-Jul-14 22:53:45

'Y' by Marjorie Celona, it's set on Vancouver Island British Colombia. The title is very clever and it's a gripping story about a young girl's quest to find out about her past. You'll cry.

MrsRTea Wed 09-Jul-14 22:54:41

Oh, please read all Mary Lawson's books. They are amazing.

tripfiction Fri 11-Jul-14 09:03:51

Glad to hear you like reading novels set in the place you are travelling (it's such a great way to get to know a place, isn't it?) Try The Missing One by Lucy Atkins for BC

The Lucky Elephant Restaurant by Garry Ryan for Alberta or The Outlander by Gil Amdamson

Hope you find something great to read!

Sweetmotherfudger Fri 11-Jul-14 09:10:34

Second Anne of Green Gables

MollyMaDurga Sat 12-Jul-14 12:03:28

Canada by Richard Ford.

"First, I'll tell you about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later."

How's that for a first line in a book?

Tuppenyrice Mon 14-Jul-14 20:40:37

No Fixed Address by Aritha Van Herk
Fab book

Tuppenyrice Mon 14-Jul-14 20:46:27

In The Skin of a Lion - Ondaatje
This book blew me away when I read it age 19.
It has stayed with me forever.
Hope you enjoy it.

lazydog Wed 16-Jul-14 08:36:18

Have a look at The Horseman's Graves, by my neighbour - Jacqueline Baker. Set in Saskatchewan, but written in BC, LOL!

Also, I really hope we get some torrential rain soon so that you can actually get to see some of our beautiful country!! At the moment I can barely see the mountains (see my photos for how close they are) for all the smoke from huge wildfires that are raging in BC and across the border in AB... sad

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