Favourite Books Set in Canada

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Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

I can not wait to see everyone’s posts this week. It will be interesting to see where we are all from. This prompt made me realize that I have not read a lot of books set in Canada. I do not know if that it because there are not a lot of them, or if I just don’t know about them.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

The Lonely Hearts Hotel was the best book that I read in 2017 and it is one that I continue to think about. It is set in Montreal and is so atmospheric that the city itself feels like its own character. Montreal makes for an amazing backdrop to a story, especially one that is set in the early 1900s.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

You have to mention Anne of Green Gables when talking about books set in Canada. It is set on Prince Edward Island, which is very lush, and the way Anne describes it is magical. Anne loves her surroundings so much that it makes the reader fall in love with it as well.

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

All My Puny Sorrows is set in both Calgary and Toronto. The main character spends much of the book travelling between both cities. She has different attachments to both and describes them in great detail. Seeing the world from her point of view was one of my favourite things about the novel.

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Birth House is set in Nova Scotia during WWII. I have read numerous WWII fiction novels but this is the only one set in my own country. It was an interesting perspective. McKay’s writing is descriptive and it is evident that a lot of research has gone in to this historical novel.

Boat People by Sharon Bala

This is a fiction novel that is based on a true event involving a boat of refugees from Sri Lanka that ends up on the shores of Vancouver. It is an important look at immigration and it told from three different perspectives. I highly recommend this one and wish it received more attention.

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31 thoughts on “Favourite Books Set in Canada

  1. Oh! I could have done this one! “A Place Called Winter” by Patrick Gale, “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki, “The Cat’s Table” by Michael Ondaatje (although it is only partially there, and I haven’t finished reading his book that is only in Canada – “In the Skin of a Lion”), “Hag-Seed” by Margaret Atwood, and “The Shipping News” by Annie Prolux!

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  2. Great post! I need to read Anne of Green Gables! I am now reading Canadian Louise Penny mysteries and I am loving them. I really do not want to list 5 books from my country. I would really be in this never-ending loop of trying to choose between Tolstoy, Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Turgenev, etc. 🙂

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  3. Have you read Alias, Grace by Margaret Atwood? It’s brilliant, and it’s set in 1800s Canada. I think it really benefits from the fact Atwood is Canadian, too.

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