A Long List of Short Reads

Coming in at 200 pages or less, these short novels are long on story.

Afterall by Lee Kvern (Brindle & Glass): Follow Beth, well-meaning but ultimately misguided, through one night on the streets as she frantically searches for the boy she has lost. (129 pages)

The Finest Supermarket in Kabul by Ele Pawelski (Quattro Books): Set in Afghanistan in 2011, three divergent characters end up in the same place at the same time when a suicide bomb detonates. (124 pages)

The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson (Anchor Canada): The story of Ambrose and Zappora is one of enduring love and a return to joy after unthinkable loss. (160 pages)

I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters (Invisible Publishing): Agathe and Réjean Lapointe are about to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary when Réjean’s beloved Chevy Silverado is found abandoned at the side of the road—with no trace of Réjean. (160 pages)

The Darling of Kandahar by Felicia Mihali (Linda Leith Publishing): An astonishing story of love, loss, and displacement against the background of the war in Afghanistan, of the founding of the city of Montreal and of a city now crowded with immigrants. (132 pages)

Homing by Stephanie Domet (Invisible Publishing): A funny, urban story about love, death, and rock and roll—through the eyes of a woman who’s grown afraid of the city, a ghost who’s lost his way, a musician who’s trying to find his, and Sandy and Harold, a pair of homing pigeons who help each of them bring it all home. (200 pages)

Grayling by Gillian Wigmore (Mother Tongue Publishing): After surviving a health crisis, Jay heads to the remote and challenging Dease River in Northwestern BC for a two-week canoe and fishing journey, but is unprepared for the mysterious stranger who becomes his passenger. (120 pages)

Skulls & Bones: Fourteen Letters from a Sailor at the End of the World by Jay Malinowski (HarperCollins Canada): A multimedia project conceived by artist and musician Jay Malinowski, Skulls & Bones combines original artwork and a haunting narrative into a fascinating portrait of a sailor atoning for his past. (100 pages)

The Lebanese Dishwasher by Sonia Saikaley (Quattro Books): Set in Montreal and Lebanon, The Lebanese Dishwasher tells the story of one man’s struggle with his past and self-acceptance while burdened with culture and obligation. (100 pages)

The Stand-In by David Helwig (Biblioasis): A retired academic is called to a remote university to speak as the replacement for an old friend recently deceased in unusual circumstances. (128 pages)

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