The nice thing about summer books is being able to introduce those quirky novels that might get lost in the larger fall season. This summer Doubleday Canada will publish two books that definitely fit the category of perfect seasonal reads. Recently I recommended two to our sales team that I thought I’d mention here.
Fresh: Mark McNay’s debut novel that is exactly that – fresh. Quirky, compelling, and set in a poultry slaughter house in Scotland, this is a book that will grab you immediately. Even though it is written in a thick Scottish accent and features a liberal dose of regional slang, it’s easy to understand the universal frustrations that young Sean (the protagonist) faces while trying to make his way in the world. The best parts of the book are those that contrast the gritty reality of a dead-end life with the loving heart that beats in even the most despicable character. And to make it even more appealing, it has just been announced that Fresh: has won a U.K. Arts Foundation Award for New Fiction!
Three Bags Full: Billed as a “sheep mystery” (as it is set in a flock of sheep), Leonie Swan’s debut novel has already won fans in both our Mississauga and Toronto offices. Give it a try I think you will be impressed.
An unforgettable cast of characters (the sheep), try to solve the murder of their beloved shepherd, and in the process they learn a lot about humans and their eccentric ways. I was immediately drawn into the mystery and I quickly believed that the animals were capable of thought and emotions. And I never felt betrayed by the interesting device of problem-solving sheep. I don’t want to give away the murderer but certainly all of the human suspects have motive enough to kill George, and even some of the flock are suspects, for a time…