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Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro Reviewed by Paula Shackleton

Alice Munro’s 14th book, Too Much Happiness (published by McClelland & Stewart 2009) is a collection of ten short stories. The first story is about a girl who is befriended by a male orderly during visits with her mother in the hospital. The mother has surgery and dies. The couple’s relationship turns romantic and soon [...]

Three Islands: One Mister Pip

The immortal character “Pip” from Charles Dickens’ most autobiographical work, Great Expectations is the clay from which New Zealand author, Lloyd Jones has molded his own stunning monument Mister Pip – a book that has captivated the heart of people everywhere and won him the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2008) and finalist for the Man Booker [...]

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

It’s the variety that makes Joe Hill’s collection of 20th Century Ghosts, (William Morrow, 2005) stand out from the crowd of horror novelists. The stories ranges from the grotesque, to unnerving, even poignant and nostalgic. “It’s a nice memory of my father sitting with his hands cupped behind his head and the wintry blue sky [...]