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Study for Obedience: A novel By Sarah Bernstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781039009066
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Knopf Canada - August 22nd, 2023

Bewitchingly claustrophobic and uncomfortable, wrapped in a sensuous blanket of sophisticated and eerie prose. Nothing felt real yet Bernstein's perception of the most basic human emotions, most remarkably hate, is simultaneously stunning, horrific, and oddly the most real thing I've ever read. 


Review by Sofia

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Hawk Mountain: A Novel By Conner Habib Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393542172
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 5th, 2022

This blistering debut took me on quite a journey within the single sitting it took for me to consume it. Full of tension and foreboding, it delves into the relationship between memory and truth, the ripple effect of trauma and the damage we inflict upon those who remind us of the most hidden parts of ourselves. Love it. 

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I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel By Iain Reid Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126949
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 21st, 2017

#1 on my "I wish I'd read the book first!" list.


If you haven't watched the movie adaptation of this book on Netflix yet, wait! Devour the book then definitely watch the movie because they did a fantastic job capturing its bizarre essence. But, if you can, let this eerie road trip adventure unfold page by page the first time you experience it. This book is a subversive journey through genres that ends with a big red bow that may or may not be dripping with blood. If you like complicated relationships, inner dialogue, puzzles that don't feel like puzzles, and don't mind things getting a little weird, this wonderfully strange novel is for you. 


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The Girl in the Mirror: A Novel By Rose Carlyle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063030152
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 7th, 2021

Iris Carmichael has spent her life feeling second best to her twin, Summer.  Born moments apart and identical to the naked eye, Summer nonetheless has always been the beloved golden child while Iris is the prickly black sheep.  But the race to be the sole heir of their father's massive estate is the one time Iris is determined to be the "first" twin.
Expensive lifestyles, backstabbing siblings and gorgeous Australian and island settings make this the ideal escape, dive in and enjoy!

Review by Deborah

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Mrs. Caliban By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

In this recent reissue of Ingalls' delightfully bizarre novella, we're introduced to the usual trope of bored housewife stuck in a loveless marriage during 50's suburban ennui. But before your eyes glaze over, in walks Larry - an amphibious frogman who has escaped from cruel captors at a research center, bringing in an element of B-horror creature feature love story that would have made Ed Wood go wild.

Review by Sarah C.