Category Archives: Award Winner / Nominee

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade (available in mass market), 286 pages, 1920 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’m a big fan of Wharton’s book House of Mirth. Synopsis: Newland Archer seems to have everything – good social standing among his New … Continue reading

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 449 pages, 1997 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I initially noticed this one at a used bookstore, but wasn’t really intrigued by the war setting. After I saw the movie, though, which I really liked, I … Continue reading

The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by MG Vassanji

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 405 pages, 2003 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: The winner of the 2003 Giller Prize. Synopsis: Vikram Lall has fled to Toronto after finding himself at the top of Kenya’s List of Shame, … Continue reading

Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 319 pages, 2003 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: Shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. Synopsis: Kitty Wellington has recently lost a child, and combined with synaestesia, which causes her to see emotions as colours, things are … Continue reading

Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 301 pages, 2001 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: A book I heard good things about, but forgot about until I saw it on the shelf at the library. Synopsis: Fuller, known to her … Continue reading

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 277 pages, 2003 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: Winner of the 2003 Booker Prize, my personal favourite literary award. Synopsis: Vernon, a 15-year-old Texan, finds himself the town’s scapegoat after his friend Jesus … Continue reading

Testament by Nino Ricci

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 456 pages, 2002 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A buzz book; I read Lives of the Saints for a high school English class and enjoyed it. Synopsis: A fictionalized account of the life … Continue reading

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 226 pages, 2002 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: Longlisted for the 2003 Booker prize. Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Christopher, the narrator of the book, is autistic ‘ unable to comprehend human emotions, but absolutely brilliant … Continue reading

What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] by Zoe Heller

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 258 pages, 2003 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: Shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. Synopsis: Sheba Hart, a 42-year-old school teacher, has been in the news lately – for her affair with a … Continue reading