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All the horses of Iceland

All the horses of Iceland

Tolmie, Sarah, author.
2022

Everyone knows of the horses of Iceland, wild, and small, and free, but few have heard their story. Sarah Tolmie's All the Horses of Iceland weaves their mystical origin into a saga for the modern age. Filled with the magic and darkened whispers of a people on the cusp of major cultural change, All the Horses of Iceland tells the tale of a Norse trader, his travels through Central Asia, and the ghostly magic that followed him home to the land of fire, stone, and ice. His search for riches will take him from Helmgard, through Khazaria, to the steppes of Mongolia, where he will barter for horses and return with much, much more.

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Buffalo Is the new buffalo

Buffalo Is the new buffalo

Vowel, Chelsea, author
2022

Powerful stories of "Métis futurism" that envision a world without violence, capitalism, and colonization. "Education is the new buffalo" is a metaphor widely used among Indigenous peoples in Canada to signify the importance of education to their survival and ability to support themselves, as once Plains nations supported themselves as buffalo peoples. The assumption is that many of the pre-Contact ways of living are forever gone, so adaptation is necessary. But Chelsea Vowel asks, "Instead of accepting that the buffalo, and our ancestral ways, will never come back, what if we simply ensure that they do?" Inspired by classic and contemporary speculative fiction, Buffalo Is the New Buffalo explores science fiction tropes through a Métis lens: a Two-Spirit rougarou (shapeshifter) in the nineteenth century tries to solve a murder in her community and joins the nêhiyaw-pwat (Iron Confederacy) in order to successfully stop Canadian colonial expansion into the West. A Métis man is gored by a radioactive bison, gaining super strength, but losing the ability to be remembered by anyone not related to him by blood. Nanites babble to babies in Cree, virtual reality teaches transformation, foxes take human form and wreak havoc on hearts, buffalo roam free, and beings grapple with the thorny problem of healing from colonialism. Indigenous futurisms seek to discover the impact of colonization, remove its psychological baggage, and recover ancestral traditions. These eight short stories of "Métis futurism" explore Indigenous existence and resistance through the specific lens of being Métis. Expansive and eye-opening, Buffalo Is the New Buffalo rewrites our shared history in provocative and exciting ways.

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Celia, Misoka, I

Celia, Misoka, I

Xue, Yiwei, 1964- author.
2022

Set in modern-day Montreal, Celia, Misoka, I is the story of a middle-aged Chinese man who has been living in the city for fifteen years. After the death of his wife, he begins to reflect on his past and how he has ended up alone in Canada, a solitary member of the Chinese diaspora. It is in this period of angst and uncertainty, during the most unusual of winters, that he meets two women by Beaver Lake, on Montreal's Mount Royal. They, too, have their own stories: stories of their own personal plights, which connect present to past, and West to East. The distinct paths taken by these three characters - Celia, Misoka, and "I" - span continents and decades, but, whether by chance or design, converge in Montreal, like mysterious figures in an ancient Chinese Zen painting. After coming together, the three begin to examine who they are, where they might belong, and how to navigate otherness and identity in a globalized world.

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Face : a novel of the Anthropocene

Face : a novel of the Anthropocene

Singh, Jaspreet, 1969-, author
2022

Lila, an Indian-born science journalist, and Lucia, an aspiring European-born writer, meet at a creative writing workshop in Calgary. They both hope to work through real-life trauma using fiction, and as their friendship develops, Lila begins to recall an incident from her time as a geology student.

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God isn't here today : stories

God isn't here today : stories

Cunningham, Francine, 1984- author.
2022

"Francine Cunningham's debut collection God Isn't Here Today ricochets between form and genre, taking readers on a dark, irreverent, yet poignant journey led by a unique and powerful new voice. Driven by desperation into moments of transformation, Cunningham's characters are presented with moments of choice--some for the better and some for the worse. A young man goes to God's office downtown for advice; a woman discovers she is the last human on Earth; an ice cream vendor is driven insane by his truck's song; an ageing stripper uses undergarments to enact her escape plan; an incubus tires of his professional grind; and a young woman inherits a power that has survived genocide, but comes with a burden of its own. Even as they flirt with the fantastic, Cunningham's stories unfold with the innate elegance of a spring fern, reminding us of the inherent dualities in human nature--and that redemption can arise where we least expect it."-- Provided by publisher.

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I was the president's mistress!!

I was the president's mistress!!

Syjuco, Miguel, 1976- author.
2022

First came the Sexy-Sexygate scandal. Then an impeachment trial. Finally, a battle royale for the presidency. At the center of this political typhoon is Vita Nova, the Philippines' most famous movie star and former paramour of the country's most powerful man. Now, for the first time ever, she bares herself completely in a tell-all memoir that puts the sensational in sensationalistic. The setting: a sweating, heaving country. The time: right now. The plot: a drug war rages; an assassin brandishes a pistol; a damsel rises from ashes to power; and a government teeters on the brink. Among the players are a dreamer who boxed and acted his way to the presidency; his Koran-toting nemesis in the Senate; a horny bishop; a cowboy turned warlord; a poor little rich boy dying with his dynasty; a washed-up reporter redeemed by one last scoop; a high school sweetheart driven mad by decades of disappointment; and an American naval officer tempting our heroine with a way out. As Vita warns, viewer discretion is advised.

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In the dark we forget : a novel

In the dark we forget : a novel

Wong, Sandra SG, author
2022

A mind-bending thriller with amnesia, disappearances, and millions on the line. It asks the question: if you don't know who you are, then can you know what you have done? With jolting revelations and taut ambiguity, Sandra S.G. Wong's debut novel vividly examines the complexities of family and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive.

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Jameela Green ruins everything

Jameela Green ruins everything

Nawaz, Zarqa, author
2022

"Jameela Green only has one wish. To see her memoir on The New York Times bestseller list. When her dream doesn't come true, she seeks spiritual guidance at her local mosque. New imam and recent immigrant Ibrahim Sultan is appalled by Jameela's shallowness, but agrees to assist her on one condition: that she perform a good deed. Jameela reluctantly accepts his terms, kicking off a chain of absurd and unfortunate events. The homeless man they try and help gets recruited by a terrorist group, causing federal authorities to become suspicious of Ibrahim, and suddenly the imam mysteriously disappears. Certain that the CIA have captured Ibrahim for interrogation via torture, Jameela decides to set off on a one-woman operation to rescue him. Her quixotic quest soon finds her entangled in an international plan targeting the egomaniacal leader of the terrorist organization--a scheme that puts Jameela, and countless others, including her hapless husband and clever but disapproving daughter, at risk. A hilarious black comedy about the price of success, and a biting look at what has gone wrong with American foreign policy in the Middle East, Jameela Green Ruins Everything is a compulsively readable, yet unexpectedly touching story of one woman's search for meaning and connection."-- Provided by publisher.

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Kamila knows best

Kamila knows best

Heron, Farah.
2022

"For Kamila Hussain, life is good. She's got plenty of friends, a doting father, and her dog has more Instagram followers than most reality stars. But when she notices her longtime friend Rohan is spending much more time with another woman, Kamila wonders for the first time if a little self-improvement might be in order. First step: take her weekly Bollywood viewing parties to levels unreached, improving on the food, décor and guest list. Next, secure a prestigious event-planning role that will help further her own career. But it suddenly seems like the more she tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel. She'd always assumed that Rohan never saw beyond her matching dog sweaters and color-coordinated kitchen appliances. But is it possible Rohan always thought Kamila was more than enough, just the way that she was?"-- Provided by publisher.

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A kid called Chatter

A kid called Chatter

Kelly, Chris (Christopher Robert)
2022

The kid called Chatter has an affliction. Perhaps it is a gift. He attracts dying jackrabbits. Orphaned by parents whose names he never knew, he was worshiped and savaged in the institutions that raised him. Pushed out by his peers, trailed by the dying, the kid called Chatter fled. In an isolated river valley on the western frontier, as the Great Depression drags on, the jackrabbits are undeterred and the kid called Chatter is trapped inside the choice to survive. Moonshiner Ruddy Lou offers him a future as a messianic faith healer, as long as he never asks questions and never exposes the con. Fierce Azalea, leader of children with no home, calls for him to be a hero in her failing orphan's war. Bound by loyalty and lies, stalked by a vicious shadow, the kid called Chatter must trace a path forward as death trails relentlessly behind.

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Lesser known monsters of the 21st century

Lesser known monsters of the 21st century

Fu, Kim, author.
2022

In these twelve unforgettable tales, the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange. Each story builds a new world all its own. These visions of modern life wrestle with themes of death and technological consequence, guilt and sexuality, as they unmask the contradictions that exist within all of us.

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Looking for Jane

Looking for Jane

Marshall, Heather (Heather J.), author
2022

2017: When Angela Creighton discovers a mysterious letter containing a life-shattering confession, her research takes her back to the 1970s when a group of daring women operated an illegal underground abortion network. 1971: Dr. Evelyn Taylor joins the Jane Network as an abortion provider, determined to give other women the choice she never had. Twenty-year-old Nancy Mitchell unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she locates Jane and finds a place of her own alongside Dr. Taylor within the network's ranks, but she can never escape the lies that haunt her.

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The maid : a novel

The maid : a novel

Prose, Nita, author
2022

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly Gray throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. But Molly's orderly life is turned on its head the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself very dead in his bed. Molly quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black.

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Mindful of murder : a novel

Mindful of murder : a novel

Juby, Susan, 1969- author
2022

On the day Helen Thorpe is supposed to start her career as an unusually equanimous domestic professional serving one of the wealthiest families in the world, she is called back to a spiritual retreat where she used to work. The owner of the lodge, Helen's former employer Edna, has died, leaving Helen instructions to settle her affairs. As Helen carries out the will's instructions, she begins to think that someone had reason to want Edna dead. A reluctantly suspicious investigator, Helen and her band of butlers find themselves caught up in the mystery.

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Mud lilies

Mud lilies

Ramayan, Indra, author
2022

The night fourteen-year-old Chanie Nyrider ran away from her abusive parents, she was saved by an older woman who eventually offered Chanie a new life working as a prostitute. With nowhere to turn, Chanie was drawn into Edmonton's dark underbelly, where she survived until arrested four years later. As she begins to make strides in the program for troubled youth and friends who share similar circumstance, her home life deteriorates.

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My volcano : a novel

My volcano : a novel

Stintzi, John Elizabeth, author
2022

The brilliant next novel from the fiercely talented author of Vanishing Monuments. On the morning of June 2, 2016, a jogger in Central Park notices a mass of stone in the centre of the reservoir, a mass that - three weeks later - will have grown into an active stratovolcano nearly two and a half miles tall. This inexplicable event seems to coincide with an escalation of strange phenomena happening around the world. For readers of Karen Tei Yamashita and Haruki Murakami and fans of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and Olga Tokarczuk's Flights, My Volcano sets the mythic and absurd against the starkly realistic, attempting to portray what it feels like to live in a burning world stricken numb. My Volcano is a pre-apocalyptic vision, following a global and diverse cast of characters who are each experiencing private and collective eruptions: an eight-year-old boy in Mexico City finds himself 500 years in the past, where he lives through the fall of the Aztec Empire; a folktale scholar in Tokyo studies a story with indeterminate origins about a woman coming down a mountain to destroy villages and towns; a white trans writer living in Jersey City struggles to write a sci-fi novel about a thriving civilization on an impossible planet; a nurse with Doctors without Borders works with Syrian refugees in Greece as she tries to grapple with the trauma of surviving an American bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan; a nomadic herder in Mongolia is stung by a bee and finds himself transformed into a green, thorned, flowering creature that aims to cleanse the world's most polluted places on its path toward assimilating every living thing on Earth into its consciousness. With audacious structure and poetic prose, My Volcano is a tapestry on fire. Reviews A kaleidoscopic, contemporary folktale with added acerbic juice, like when Dylan went electric. Stintzi somehow funnels the tumultuous present into a sprawling novel of collision and connection thatâ??s both timely and timeless. This is very weird shit indeed. -Hazel Jane Plante, author of Little Blue Encyclopedia (For Vivian) With the panoramic scope and astute sharpness of Samanta Schweblin's Little Eyes and the eerie chill of Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, John Elizabeth Stintzi's My Volcano immediately grabs you by the shirt and doesn't let you go. Structured like a spiral moving through time and space, and deftly mixing history and myth and vision with poetic prose, this dread-inducing book will keep you up at night until you get to its last devastating, but ultimately, I think, hopeful line.

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Nosy Parker

Nosy Parker

Crewe, Lesley.
2022

It's 1967 in Montreal and Audrey Parker has just moved with her dad to a whole new neighbourhood full of different kinds of people to spy on. Audrey scribbles every observation down in her notebooks - certain she will soon root out a murderer or uncover a mystery. But there's only one mystery that really matters to her: her mother. Who was she? How did she die? Why won't her father ever talk about her? Author of "Her Mother's Daughter." Residence: Homeville, N.S.

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Sari, not sari : a novel

Sari, not sari : a novel

Singh, Sonya, author
2022

Manny Dogra is the beautiful young CEO of Breakup, a highly successful company that helps people manage their relationship breakups. As preoccupied as she is with her business, she's also planning her wedding to handsome architect Adam Jamieson while dealing with the loss of her beloved parents. For reasons Manny has never understood, her mother and father, who were both born in India, always wanted her to become an 'All-American' girl. So that's what she did. She knows next to nothing about her South Asian heritage, and that's never been a problem--until her parents are no longer around, and an image of Manny that's been Photoshopped to make her skin look more white appears on a major magazine cover. Suddenly, the woman who built an empire encouraging people to be true to themselves is having her own identity crisis. But when an irritating client named Sammy Patel approaches Manny with an odd breakup request, the perfect solution presents itself: If they both agree to certain terms, he'll give her a crash course in being 'Indian' at his brother's wedding. What follows is days of dancing and dal, masala and mehndi as Manny meets the lovable, if endlessly interfering, aunties, and uncles of the Patel family, and, along the way, discovers much more than she could ever have anticipated.

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The school of mirrors : a novel

The school of mirrors : a novel

Stachniak, Eva, 1952- author.
2022

"A lush, engrossing tale of love, deception and scandal in the 18th century French court of King Louis XV. Against the tumult of 18th century France, King Louis XV has tired of courtly intrigues and becomes a connoisseur of innocence. On the grounds of the Palace of Versailles lies Deer Park, a hunting ground that also offers another pleasure: a mansion where his young mistresses are housed. But when these girls first arrive at Deer Park, it is under the guise of a different role. They are promised employment in the household of a count, and, eager to improve their stations, they leave their families to serve him. Veronique is one such girl. She is introduced to "the count," and young and naive as she is, she never doubts his identity. And as he begins to bestow affection on her, she quickly becomes consumed with love for him. It is too late when she realizes who he really is, the stakes of their affair and what she will have to give up to survive. In vivid detail and with a breathless pace, Eva Stachniak captures the story of a fast-changing France, where the once beloved Louis XV is losing ground, his grandson the Dauphin Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are sickening the country with their opulence and the French Revolution is stirring. It is in this France that Veronique's young daughter, Marie-Louise, will grow up searching for answers about her birth. With stirring insight and dazzling intrigue, this novel questions the true meaning of legacy."--Provided by publisher.

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Such big dreams : a novel

Such big dreams : a novel

Patel, Reema, author
2022

Rakhi is a twenty-three-year-old former street child haunted by the grisly aftermath of an incident that led her to lose her best friend eleven years ago. Constantly reminded she doesn't belong, Rakhi lives alone in a Mumbai slum, working as a lowly office assistant at Justice For All, a struggling human rights law office. As old guilt and new aspirations collide, everything Rakhi once knew to be true is set ablaze. And as the stakes mount, she will come face to face with the difficult choices and moral compromises that people are prepared to make in order to survive, no matter the costs.

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Uncertain kin

Uncertain kin

Mather, Janice Lynn, author.
2022

Set against the vivid backdrop of The Bahamas, these eighteen beautiful and haunting stories introduce us to women and girls searching for identity and belonging during moments of profound upheaval. These women are bold and big-hearted, complex and intimately familiar. They grapple with the bonds of kinship and the responsibilities of parenthood, with grief, longing, betrayal, coming of age and what it means to be a woman.

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Watch out for her : a novel

Watch out for her : a novel

Bailey, Samantha M., 1973- author
2022

Sarah Goldman...is relieved to move across the country. She has a lot she wants to leave behind, especially Holly Monroe, the pretty twenty-two-year-old babysitter she and her husband, Daniel, hired to take care of their young son...Sarah...kept a close eye on Holly...What she saw raised some questions, not only about who Holly really was but what she was hiding...They've settled into a friendly suburb where the neighbors...are always on the lookout for danger. But when Sarah finds hidden cameras in her new home, she has to wonder: Has her past caught up to her, and worse yet, who's watching her now?"-- Provided by publisher.

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When we lost our heads

When we lost our heads

O'Neill, Heather, author
2022

"A spellbinding story about two girls whose friendship is so intense it not only threatens to destroy them, it changes the trajectory of history. Marie Antoine is the charismatic, spoiled daughter of a sugar baron. At 12 years old, with her blond curls and her unparalleled sense of whimsey, she's the leader of all the children in the Golden Mile, an affluent strip of 19th century Montreal. Until one day in 1873, when Sadie Arnett, dark-haired, sly, and brilliant, moves to the neighborhood. Marie and Sadie are immediately united by their passion and intensity, and they attract and repel each other in ways that light each of them on fire. Marie with her bubbly charm sees the light and sweetness of the world, whereas Sadie's obsession with darkness is all consuming. Soon their childlike games take on a thrill of danger and then become deadly. Forced to separate, they spend their teenage years engaged in acts of alternating innocence and depravity-until a singular event unites them once more, with dizzying effects. And after Marie inherits her father's sugar empire and Sadie disappears into the city's gritty underworld, a revolution of the working class begins to foment. Each of them will have unexpected roles to play in events that upend their city-the only question is whether they will find each other once more. Traveling from a repressive finishing school to a vibrant brothel, taking readers firsthand into the brutality of factory life and the opulent lives of Montreal's wealthy, When We Lost Our Heads dazzlingly explores gender and power, sex and desire, class and status, and the terrifying power of the human heart when it can't let someone go"-- Provided by publisher.

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Where the silver river ends : a novel

Where the silver river ends : a novel

Quon, Anna, 1968- author
2022

"Joan, a Chinese Canadian English conversation teacher who is unmoored in Europe, moves to Bratislava for a fresh start. Where the Silver River Ends plumbs the depths of intergenerational relationships, mixed-race identity, and what happens when we gather the courage to step out of the current and make our own way in the world."-- Provided by publisher.

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Wild Fires

Wild Fires

Jai, Sophie
2022