THE WALRUS READS
Canadian authors pick the year’s best books
Dionne Brand’s Theory is a masterpiece. The novel’s speaker, a PHD student who is perhaps a genius, is working on extensive iterations of her dissertation. The project is to be her life’s work.
The narrator is also in pursuit of many kinds of love. Theory and action—how to know, persuade, or mourn and how to be alone and also with love—make their arguments throughout the novel, building and dismantling the speaker’s life. I love this book. It holds the world up to be examined in an ever-shifting light. In a year of astonishing fiction—esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, Lisa Moore’s Something for Everyone, Catherine Leroux’s Madame Victoria, Rawi Hage’s Beirut Hellfire Society—theory is a book for the ages.