Sunday, May 17, 2009

Canuck Book 11 - Girls Fall Down by Maggie Helwig

Well, this was an odd one. I bounced back and forth between liking the story and thinking it might be a little too contrived, too writerly. In the end, the story won out. It's a strange dark tale with a narrative that can be disorienting at times but I wound up liking it a lot.

A photographer who is going blind. An old flame with a very sick brother. A city succumbing to fear and panic. This is not exactly an uplifting tale.

It is, however, an interesting portrait of a Toronto both familiar and alien. A city of sad souls and faded dreams, fractured surfaces and subterranean realities. Definitely a worthwhile read.

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