The Republic of Love by Carol Shields
A contemporary story told in two alternating points of view that proves no matter how willing you are to believe the opposite, there is such a thing as love at first sight.
An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark
Hilarious and heart breaking at the same time. A mother mourns for the two daughters she lost as a young woman.
Through a series of flashbacks, we learn about the devastating effects of Moranna’s mental illness on her life and that of her family. But An Audience of Chairs also gives us a glimpse into the mind of a true iconoclast and wild spirit, who has managed despite overwhelming odds to keep hope alive.—Goodreads
Pluto's Ghost by Sheree Fitch
A male point of view love story/tragedy/mystery with a voice so authentic it reads like a diary.
Jake Upshore has loved Skye Derucci since before he can remember. Volatile, complex and frustrated (he's got a label disorder from all the labels he's been given) at the best of times, Jake's on a desperate quest to find Skye before she aborts the baby he believes is his. As he hurtles headlong toward certain tragedy, Jake relives the fatal choices he's made and the powerful forces that have led him to this to end. A gripping thriller and a heart-wrenching love story, Pluto's Ghost is a raw and powerful novel about anger, escape, and redemptive love.—Goodreads
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
A badly disfigured burn victim is visited in the hospital by another patient—a woman from the psychiatric wing. She tells him they were lovers in a past life, and so begins the epic love story of how they've met again after centuries.
The Sisters Brothers by Partick deWitt
This book proves you CAN judge a book by its cover. This is one fabulous Western romp.
Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
A pregnant stow away, an English family forced to escape to another land to save a thieving brother, a holy man, a murderer, and a young girl who starts a diary detailing all their secrets and miseries as they struggle to build a new life on the inhospitable shores of Newfoundland.
February by Lisa Moore
In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's Day storm. All eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O'Mara, one of those left behind.—Goodreads
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
Of course you're going to read this. *cough* Nobel Prize *cough*
The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy
Plunged into an alien landscape, readers orient themselves in elephant time, elephant space, and elephant consciousness, and begin to feel, as Gowdy puts it, what it would be like to be that big and gentle, to be that imperiled, and to have that prodigious memory.—Goodreads
The Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein and inseparable until Konrad falls gravely ill. In the forbidden Dark Library, Victor finds an ancient formula, and seeks an alchemist to recreate the Elixir of Life.—Goodreads
What books will you be reading this holiday?