Let’s forget the holidays for a moment and talk about the 2016 Canada Reads longlist instead! The 15 books that make up the longlist were chosen in part because of their explorations of the themes of transformation and second chances.
Some of the books on the list are pretty hot already — Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal and Michael Crummey’s Sweetland, for example, are sure to be under a lot of Christmas trees already — while others are much less well known.
While Kate Pullinger’s Landing Gear and Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy have both been in my TBR pile for quite some time, I had never heard of Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s All the Broken Things, which tells the story of a Vietnamese boy who finds his life changed when he gets a job training bears for a travelling carnival; Caroline Adderson’s Sitting Practice, which tells the story of a newlywed couple adjusting after a car accident leaves the wife in a wheelchair; or Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio, about a civilian contractor in Afghanistan dealing with the psychological effects of witnessing his friends suicide.
The work I’m most excited about is Antanas Sileika‘s 1997 book, Buying on Time. This out-of-print title is a series of interconnected short stories detailing the lives of a Lithuanian-Canadian family living outside Toronto. Sileika is also the author of the fabulous The Woman in Bronze. For years, I’ve vowed I’d seek out Sileika’s earlier work and have yet to do so. Now I have the perfect excuse.
What about you? Which longlisted title do you hope to read first?
The 2016 Canada Reads shortlist will be announced on January 20, 2016.