Dogs At The Perimeter by Madeleine Thien

10129122This is a heartbreaking story of Cambodia in the 1970s, horrors that persist two decades later in Canada. A haunting phrase: “Hunger was erasing my being”; reality becomes blurred in such horrible circumstances. Thien was at Blue Metropolis last May in Montreal.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10129122-dogs-at-the-perimeter

  A Tap On The Window by Linwood Barclay

A very good mystery by a Canadian author (chosen from the CBC List of 100 Authors who make us proud to be a Canadian).  This is a plot-driven mystery, so not much description of place. An intrepid private eye solves several murders, with the usual corrupt police force. There is a good surprise at the ending!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16072980-a-tap-on-the-window16072980

The Epicure’s Lament by Kate Christensen

Hugo is obnoxious, cynical and bitter with self-loathing, so a thoroughly unpleasant person who has chosen to be a hermit. His choice of suicide to end his life (spoiler alert) is thwarted leading to a not entirely satisfactory ending but the writing is excellent throughout. (You may remember that I recommended another Christensen book 41nvoth05bllast month, The Great Man)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/148216.The_Epicure_s_Lament