And while we're doing shout-outs, if you're looking for more blogs about reading, Pelley maintains one with an East Coast focus: Salty Ink.
Roost (M) by Ali Bryan (April 1) "Claudia, single mom of two, pines for her past independent life. Her ex, after all, has moved on to a new wardrobe, new hobbies and—worst of all—new adult friends. But in Claudia's house she's still finding bananas in the sock drawer, cigarettes taped to wrestling figures, and colourful doodles on her MasterCard bills. Then Claudia receives the unexpected news that her mother has died. Shared through the hilarious, honest, and often poignant perspective of a single mother, Roost is the story of a woman learning about motherhood while grieving the loss of her own mother. And as she begins to mend, she's also learning that she might be able to accept her home—even as it is."
Hungry Ghosts (M) by Shyam Selvadurai (April 2). CanLit fans may remember Shyam Selvadurai's earlier titles Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens, but it's been a few years since we've heard from this talented author. "In Buddhist myth, the dead may be reborn as "hungry ghosts"—spirits with stomach so large they can never be full—if they have desired too much during their lives. It is the duty of the living relatives to free those doomed to this fate by doing kind deeds and creating good karma. In Shyam Selvadurai’s sweeping new novel, his first in more than a decade, he creates an unforgettable ghost, a powerful Sri Lankan matriarch whose wily ways, insatiable longing for land, houses, money and control, and tragic blindness to the human needs of those around her parallels the volatile political situation of her war-torn country."
The Unfinished Child (M) by Theresa Shea (April 2). First novelist Shea takes on a modern and very personal topic in this new book: "When Marie MacPherson, a mother of two, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at thirty-nine, she feels guilty. Her best friend, Elizabeth, has never been able to conceive, despite years of fertility treatments. Marie's dilemma is further complicated when she becomes convinced something is wrong with her baby. She then enters the world of genetic testing and is entirely unprepared for the decision that lies ahead."
While I was writing this CanLit post, I was listening to this new Canadian CD from the library's music collection: Animator (M) by The Luyas.