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lamprey42 Tue 17-May-16 20:18:07

Any suggestions for fiction with Canadian setting? I can only think of Margaret Atwood's books and Anne of Green Gables. We are about to move there so I thought it might be nice to read some.

karalime Tue 17-May-16 20:23:17

The Shipping News by Anne Proulx
The Saints of Big Harbour by Lynn Cody

Both a little bit bleak though haha

ImperialBlether Tue 17-May-16 20:29:38

Look up Alice Munro and Carol Shields (American born but became a Canadian citizen.) I really love Carol Shields, particularly The Republic of Love and Happenstance. Her daughter, Anne Giardini, is also a writer, but I haven't read any of her work.

Linwood Barclay is great, too - he writes suspense.

tumbleouttabed Tue 17-May-16 21:11:53

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney. Also I second the recommendation for Carol Shields (I loved Unless).

cdtaylornats Tue 17-May-16 21:26:01

The Murdoch books by Maureen Jennings

MermaidofZennor Tue 17-May-16 21:26:11

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

It's a children's novel which was made into a film by Disney, but it is a lovely uplifting story.

RhuBarbarella Wed 18-May-16 12:15:35

Canada by Richard Ford. The first sentence "First, I'll tell you about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later."

Thefitfatty Wed 18-May-16 12:50:23

Alistair MacLeod: No Great Mischief.
Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London.
Anything by Farley Mowat (Lost in the Barrens is a particular favourite of mine).
Fall on your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald

Personally can't stand anything by Lynn Cody, I went to school with her and she's a pretentious twit.

John Irving's "Until I Find You" is partially set in Halifax and Toronto (I actually got my first tattoo from one of the characters mentioned in the book).

Douglas Coupland: Girlfriend in a Coma, City of Glass, Souvenir of Canada.

Tomson Highway: Kiss of the Fur Queen.
Donna Morrissey: Kit's Law

I can't remember if any of William Gibson's books are set in Canada...but he's a great Canadian author..

Ami McKay: The Birth House
Wayne Johston: the Colony of Unrequited Dreams.

Jeez, and so so so many more. LOL. I'm trying to think back to all the ones I read growing up!

Oh! and:

Hugh MacLennan: Barometer Rising (About the Halifax Explosion) and Each Man's Son!!!

hanahsaunt Wed 18-May-16 13:08:40

I adore Alistair Macleod's writing - so very beautiful. For something more prosaic (but brilliant reads) try the Inspector Gamache series set in Quebec by Louise Penny.

tripfiction Wed 18-May-16 20:25:58

Hi @lamprey42 You might like to check out our collated books set in Canada You can drill down further by genre and location. All the best with the move!

lamprey42 Wed 18-May-16 22:46:59

Brilliant. Thanks for all the suggestions. Should keep me going for a bit! :-). Most of those are new to me - I have read the shipping news but remembered it as cape cod for some reason. Tripfiction I'll try that link too.

crapfatbanana Tue 24-May-16 13:13:37

Michael Crummey is a Newfoundland writer. He is ace. I absolutely loved Sweetland by him.

squoosh Tue 24-May-16 14:38:09

Fall on your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald

The most depressing book I've EVER read grin

Beautifully written, but sheesh, dark.

DeskOfMyOwn Wed 25-May-16 09:29:37

Hanahsaunt: "I adore Alistair Macleod's writing - so very beautiful. For something more prosaic (but brilliant reads) try the Inspector Gamache series set in Quebec by Louise Penny."

I assumed I had misunderstood 'prosaic' all these years, so I looked it up: "Having or using the style or diction of prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality... commonplace, unromantic"

I agree she's a brilliant read, but surely anything BUT prosaic?

FlysInDreams Wed 25-May-16 09:59:44

Burning Ground by Pearl Luke

Tezza1 Thu 26-May-16 05:02:13

Giles Blunt. Set in and near Toronto. I'm not Canadian, but he seems to cath a feel for the places he writes about.

GrassW1dow Thu 26-May-16 14:30:02

I think most of Richard Ford's novels are set in Canada, not just Canada?

I second Linwood Barclay. Good thrillers. not high literature, but well crafted.

lancashirebornandbred Thu 26-May-16 18:37:08

Crow lake by Mary Lawson. A lovely gentle book. And the author is a distant relative of LM Montgomery.

Canyouforgiveher Thu 26-May-16 18:38:26

Robertson Davies - fabulous.

HumphreyCobblers Thu 26-May-16 18:42:03

Ooh, I was just coming on to say Robertson Davies.

He is my favourite author.

MairzyDoats Thu 26-May-16 18:45:15

Stef Penney Tenderness of Wolves is a fantastic book, as is Crow Lake.

LaundryFairy Thu 26-May-16 18:47:50

Another recommendation for Robertson Davies. His book Fifth Business is a good place to start.

Potcallingkettle Thu 26-May-16 19:05:11

Sick Heart River by John Buchan
Old fashioned but very powerful

ChampagneCommunist Thu 26-May-16 19:07:50

Kathy Reichs books are set in Quebec

Footle Thu 26-May-16 22:42:42

Voyageurs, by Margaret Elphinstone. About the fur-trappers, among other things. Long, but exciting and memorable.
Also Entry Island by Peter Shaw. Atmospheric but went on a bit.

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