The week started off with a roar when Michelle Winter's I Am A Truck was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and continued its hot streak with even more indie books as finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards. We also took a field trip to poetry haven knife | fork | book, and a mental one to Saskatchewan, and much more.
Staffer Tan picked up a copy of Margaret Gracie's Plastic (Porcupine's Quill), a collection of twelve linked short stories central to Debbie Pearce, a former pageant queen, in pursuit of "perfect."
Here's what she had to say:
"Last fall, the office was abuzz, discussing the toxic masculinity displayed in Jowita Bydlowska's
Guy (Wolsak & Wynn). We all agreed the writing was great, and drew you into a story about a character you realllly don't want to like. Margaret Gracie's
Plastic (Porcupine's Quill) tackles the opposite – toxic femininity. I can't say the characters are any more charming for their faults, but the writing is equally good, and I can't wait for my colleagues to catch up on this one."
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