"Imagine Toronto as ground zero for a virus that wipes out 99.9% of the world’s population. The odds of you and someone you love both surviving are grim. This thrilling and gloriously written book manages to be uplifting by reminding us to cherish what we have while we have it."
“This just-released graphic memoir tells of Toronto writer and artist Teva Harrison’s experience with metastatic breast cancer at age 37. Eloquently told through pictures and words, this story examines the most private and personal corners of life following such a diagnosis. This book will stay with you.”
“My mother walks her pup in High Park, making André Alexis’ Giller winner the perfect gift for her and anyone who has known and loved a dog and/or the city of Toronto. Fifteen canines are given the gift (curse?) of human intelligence and must navigate the city and their lives with this new consciousness. Also starring Queen Street West!” –Amy Stuart
We Need to Talk about Kevin
"Word has it, in her late thirties, Lionel Shriver was wavering on motherhood and navigated her uncertainty by writing about it. What emerged was a story about a woman with the same ambivalence as hers who ends up giving birth to a devil child. I read this during my first pregnancy, fitting with my tendency to study worst case scenarios. Not a happy tale, but a gripping story about motherhood nonetheless."
Between the World and Me
“Framed as a letter by the author to his teenage son, this is a historical, thoughtful, and uncomfortably honest look at the reality of being black in the United States. Though the political and social message is an important one, at its core this book is about a parent afraid for the life and well-being of his child.” –Amy Stuart
Guest chooser Amy Stuart's début, Still Mine, has been a national best-seller from the moment it was published this past March.
Clare believes she has fled her abusive husband until his private investigator, Malcolm, tracks her down. In exchange for her freedom, Clare agrees to help Malcolm search for another missing woman, Shayna, in a virtually shuttered mining town that doesn't take kindly to strangers. Clare falls back on old habits, opening old wounds and taking new risks she is ill equipped to handle. Soon, both Shayna and Clare are hemmed in on all sides, everyone as suspicious of Clare as she is of them.
Many thrillers centring on female characters turn on atrocities committed against them when weak or vulnerable. In Still Mine, Stuart portrays women tapping into reserves of strength, courage, and intelligence at their seemingly weakest moments. A skillfully written thriller, and a gripping read.
Flying Books' current guest chooser is Amy Stuart. Stuart won the 2011 Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers and was a finalist for the 2012 Vanderbilt/Exile Award. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three sons. Still Mine, a national best-seller, is her first novel.