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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > Jan/Feb 2018 > Fiction


New novels, story collections, and poetry

Gone girl

Claudia Dey’s first novel, Stunt, was a Q&Q Book of the Year for 2004, in addition to being shortlisted for t he Am First Novel Award. Dey’s highly anticipated follow-up tells the story of a woman who goes missing from a northern town, and the rag-tag cast of characters that must piece together the circumstances behind her disappearance. Heartbreaker is due from HarperCollins in April.

Figments of the imagination

Rabindranath Maharaj won the Trillium Book Award for his previous novel, 2010’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy. Maharaj is back this season with Adjacentland (Wolsak & Wynn, May), about an amnesiac who awakes in a strange facility known only as the Compound. As the administrators who run the Compound try to convince him he’s insane, the man comes to believe he’s a comic-book writer who has been robbed of his imagination.

Flip sides

Doppelgängers seem to be all the rage as fictional t ropes t hese days. M ichael Redhill’s novel Bellevue Square, which featured the doubling motif in the context of an eerie literary thriller, won the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize. In its wake comes the new novel from Timothy Taylor, which also takes the form of a literary thriller, and also features mysterious twins. The Rule of Stephens (Doubleday Canada, Feb.) focuses on Catherine, who miraculously survives a plane crash, and another passenger who is being haunted by a shadowy figure resembling him in every aspect. Catherine’s “rule of Stephens” – that the world more closely reflects the cosmology of Stephen Hawking than that of Stephen King – is subsequently called into question.

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