This month I will be featuring new releases from Canadian authors! From indie authors to well-known authors, I want to share with you the books I’m most excited for this year — I hope you’ll add some of them to your own wishlist and TBR!
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Gallery Books | April 18, 2017
From the brilliant mind of Jeff Lemire, award-winning cartoonist of Essex County, Descender, and Underwater Welder, comes a new graphic novel about a brother and sister who come together after years apart to break the cycle of abuse and violence that has cursed their family.
Derek Ouellette’s glory days are behind him. His hockey career ended a decade earlier in a violent incident on ice and since then he’s been living off his reputation in the remote northern community where he grew up, drinking too much and fighting anyone who crosses him.
When his long-lost sister Beth shows up, on the run from an abusive boyfriend, the two escape to a secluded hunting camp in the woods. There, living off the land, they reconnect with each other, the painful secrets of their past and their Cree heritage, and start to heal.
But Beth’s ex-boyfriend is hunting them. As he circles closer, he threatens to shatter this newfound peace and pull both Derek and Beth back into the world of violence and self-destruction they’ve fought so hard to leave behind. Touching, harrowing, and complicated, Jeff Lemire’s Roughneck is a deeply moving and beautifully illustrated story about family, heritage, and breaking the cycle of violence.
Oh man, this sounds intense! I saw this one on a few book lists and as part of a book club here and there and I actually hadn’t heard of Jeff Lemire before but I’m so excited to try this one!
What Canadian book are you waiting for?