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Looking for a good book to read while you’re traveling in Canada? Check out my list of books about Canada and by Canadian authors, from renowned names such as Margaret Atwood to up-and-coming scribes.
Anne of Green Gables
One of the world’s most enduring childhood classics, Anne of Green Gables has been translated into more than 30 languages and is one of the best-selling books ever. The titular Anne Shirley appears in several sequels and has made the transition to big and small screens almost too often to count. The books follow the outspoken orphan who mistakenly ends up living with two older siblings and explore how Anne works her way into their hearts and those of the townsfolk of Prince Edward Island’s fictional Avonlea.
The Blind Assassin
While Margaret Atwood may be best known for The Handmaid’s Tale, her tenth novel, 2000’s The Blind Assassin, has garnered even more critical acclaim, winning both the Booker Prize and the Hammett Prize and landing on Time‘s 2016 list of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923. The multilayered novel weaves elements of science fiction, gothic suspense, and romance to tell the tale of the mysterious death — a possible suicide — of young Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history.
The Polished Hoe
In 1950s Barbados, Miss Mary Gertrude Matilda Paul confesses a crime. The novel that follows spans just 24 hours but in that time manages to encapsulate the country’s history of slavery. With this, his tenth book, the Barbadian-born author said that he “intended to ‘creolize Oxford English.'” The result is a novel that garnered numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Canada (his adoptive country) and the Caribbean region and the Trillium Book Award.
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