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Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Front Page - BY DANIELLE GROEN


Kevin Kwan’s 2013 de­but novel was as ef­fer­ves­cent, and as easy to knock back, as a flute of Veuve Clic­quot. This bub­bly film adap­ta­tion fol­lows suit, trail­ing a wide-eyed Chi­nese-Amer­i­can univer­sity prof (Fresh Off the Boat’s ir­re­sistible Con­stance Wu) on her way to Sin­ga­pore to at­tend a wed­ding and win over her mega-wealthy boyfriend’s skep­ti­cal mother (a with­er­ing Michelle Yeoh). Set amid glit­ter­ing sky­lines, lux­ury homes and lu­di­crous yachts, this sum­mer block­buster spells pure de­light. Aug. 15.

DID YOU KNOW? In May 2016, while ne­go­ti­at­ing to di­rect Crazy Rich

Asians, Jon M. Chu tweeted that he’d cast “amaz­ing Asian ac­tors” in “ev­ery sin­gle role”—a warn­ing against any pro­ducer look­ing to white­wash the movie.


Iain Reid

The On­tario writer’s first novel, I’m Think­ing of End­ing Things, em­ployed spare prose, a se­cluded farm and a har­row­ing twist to thrilling ef­fect. Iain Reid’s sopho­more ef­fort—an equally propul­sive tale—drops those same el­e­ments into an eerie near-fu­ture, where a farmer is con­scripted into space travel and his wife is left in the care of a not-quite stranger. Aug. 7.


Kate Atkin­son The note ar­rives at the BBC, where Juliet Arm­strong works as a ra­dio pro­ducer: “You will pay for what you did.” And just like that, our hero­ine is flung back a decade to 1940, when she was re­cruited by MI5 to serve as a typ­ist—and then as a se­cret agent. Kate Atkin­son logged many hours rum­mag­ing around the Na­tional Archives for her metic­u­lously de­tailed novel, but she hasn’t sac­ri­ficed hu­mour, em­pa­thy or zippy plot lines. Sept. 18.


Miriam Toews In a Men­non­ite colony in Bo­livia, be­tween 2005 and 2009, eight men drugged and raped more than 100 women and girls. These real-life atroc­i­ties in­spired Miriam Toews’ force­ful new work of fic­tion about a small group of women who covertly gather in a neigh­bour’s barn to de­ter­mine whether to stay in the vil­lage or leave. Their con­ver­sa­tions form a fas­ci­nat­ing and timely med­i­ta­tion on power, re­li­gious con­ser­vatism, com­plic­ity and for­give­ness. Aug. 21.


With all due re­spect to Twin Peaks and Will & Grace, it’s nice to in­dulge in a lit­tle ’90s nos­tal­gia with­out sim­ply re­tread­ing old fran­chises. Des­ti­na­tion Wed­ding brings to­gether Keanu Reeves and Wi­nona Ry­der— fa­mously paired in 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula—as mis­an­thropic wed­ding guests who ar­rive solo, head for the wine and find comfort first in each other’s grumpi­ness and then, in true rom-com style, in each other. Aug. 24.

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