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Wash­ing­ton Black by Esi Edugyan Heads-up: You prob­a­bly won’t want to read Esi Edugyan’s lat­est novel in pub­lic. The Giller Prize win­ner’s works leave you emo­tion­ally gut­ted—and that’s kind of the point. In Wash­ing­ton Black, the Cana­dian writer trans­ports us to the 1830s and fo­cuses on the tit­u­lar Wash­ing­ton, an 11-year-old slave seek­ing his true iden­tity in a world that for­bids him to have one. Women Talk­ing by Miriam Toews Years be­fore the #MeToo move­ment, women in a ru­ral Men­non­ite colony were ter­ror­ized by a group of male sex­ual preda­tors in their com­mu­nity. In her lat­est novel, Miriam Toews imag­ines whis­pered fran­tic con­ver­sa­tions that take place be­tween eight fe­male lead­ers in the aftermath as they wres­tle with whether to stay (and re­main silent) or leave for­ever. French Exit by Pa­trick DeWitt DeWitt’s sec­ond book, The Sis­ters

Broth­ers, has been adapted into a Western star­ring Jake Gyl­len­haal (out this fall). The Van­cou­ver Is­land-born writer’s lat­est novel is just as cin­e­matic. French Exit fol­lows wealthy wi­dow and pos­ses­sive mother Frances (we’ve men­tally cast Frances McDor­mand), who skips town with her son (Ja­son Schwartz­man, per­haps?) and heads to Paris in the face of a bank­ruptcy scan­dal. Heart­breaker by Clau­dia Dey Pony Dar­lene Fon­taine is the best char­ac­ter name ever, but that’s not the only thing to love about this quirky comin­gof-age story. Toronto-based Dey (and Horses Ate­lier co-founder) takes us to a re­mote north­ern com­mu­nity where Pony is search­ing for her miss­ing mother, a quest that drags her into a mys­tery wor­thy of an episode of Black Mir­ror. All Our Re­la­tions: Find­ing the Path For­ward by Tanya Talaga In this eye-open­ing read, in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Talaga ex­am­ines the trou­bling sui­cide rates among Canada’s in­dige­nous youth, link­ing them to the res­i­den­tial-school sys­tem. It’s both a dev­as­tat­ing re­minder of the mis­takes in our all-too-re­cent his­tory and a ral­ly­ing cry to sup­port this iso­lated pop­u­la­tion.

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