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The Evergreen™ Award is designed for adults of any age and the lists are comprised of Canadian fiction and non-Fiction titles. Adult library patrons have the opportunity to explore these books by themselves, through their public library or just in a book club format. A group of experienced library staff have come together to share their favourite reading with adult readers.
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Local Customs by Audrey Thomas
Letitia Landon, "Letty" to her friends, is an intelligent, witty, successful writer, much sought after for dinner parties and soirées in the London of the 1830s. But, still single at thirty-six, she fears ending up as a wizened crone in a dilapidated country cottage, a cat her only companion.
Just as she is beginning to believe she will never marry, she meets George MacLean, home on leave from his position as the governer of Cape Coast Castle on the Gold Coast of West Africa. George and Letty marry quietly and set sail for Cape Coast. Eight weeks later she is dead -- not from malaria
or dysentery or any of the multitude of dangers in her new home, but by her own
hand. Or so it would seem.
All Saints by K.D. Miller
In a linked collection that presents the secret small tragedies of an Anglican congregation struggling to survive, All Saints delves into the life of Simon, the Reverend, and the lives of his parishioners: a refined and elderly schoolteacher, incarcerated for a horrendous
The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant
Hector, a young Zapotec fleeing Mexico for a better life in the US with his friend Cesar, a biotech researcher, pays to be smuggled across the border by unscrupulous "coyotes," concealed in the tightly sealed, empty tank of a water truck packed with illegal migrants. Abandoned by the smugglers in the desert, they are left to die, their only lifeline Cesar's phone. When Cesar slips into unconsciousness, Hector reaches out to the one name with an American code--AnniMac--that becomes his life line to the world. As legends fuse with the terrifying present, the dangers Cesar is
fleeing become grippingly apparent: his research was threatening to expose the
country's largest manufacturer of genetically modified corn, set to impose
economic and cultural genocide on the native population. Finding the courage to
survive is critical, even as hope dwindles.
Under the Visible Life by Kim Echlin
Under the Visible Life takes readers from the bustling harbour of
Punishment by Linden MacIntyre
Forced to retire early from his job as a corrections officer in Kingston Penitentiary, Tony Breau has limped back to the village where he grew up to lick his wounds, only to find that Dwayne Strickland, a young con he'd had dealings with in prison is back there too-and once again in trouble.
Tony is soon caught in a fierce emotional struggle between the outcast
That Lonely Section of Hell by Lori Shenher
In That Lonely Section of Hell, police detective Lori Shenher describes her role in Vancouver's infamous Missing and Murdered Women Investigation and her years-long struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of her work on the case. From her first assignment in 1998
to explore an increase in the number of missing women to the harrowing 2002
interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, Shenher tells a story
of massive police failure. Shenher passionately pursues the deeper truths
behind the causes of this tragedy and the myriad ways the system failed to
protect vulnerable women.
They Left us Everything by Plum Johnson
After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, which hasn't been de-cluttered in more than half a century. The task consumes Plum, becoming more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger memories of her eccentric family
growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario in the 1950s and
60s. But unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those
relationships with a more accepting perspective about who they were and
what they valued.
The Hunger of the Wolf by Stephen Marche
Hunters found his body naked in the snow.
The body in the snow is that of Ben Wylie, the heir to America's second-wealthiest business dynasty dynasty, and it is found in a remote patch of northern Canada. Far away,
in post-crash New York, Jamie Cabot, the son of the Wylie family's
housekeepers, must figure out how and why Ben died. He knows the answer lies in
the tortured history of the Wylie family, who over three generations built up
their massive holdings into several billion dollars despite a terrible family
secret they must keep from the world. The threads of the Wylie men's destinies,
both financial and supernatural, lead twistingly but inevitably to the naked
body in the snow and a final, chilling revelation.
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from one of the only television shows available on CBC North that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
The highly anticipated new stand-alone, full-colour graphic novel from Bryan Lee O'Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series.
Seconds is a complex and novelistic stand-alone story about a young restaurant owner named Katie who, after being visited by a magical apparition, is given a second chance at love and to undo her wrongs. Fans new and old will love O'Malley's bold and quirky style infused with his subtle, playful humour.
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