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All My CanLit Boyfriends

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These are some of the boys in CanLit I used to go out with. Thanks to our friends on Twitter for some other excellent suggestions!
The Diviners

The Diviners

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The river flowed both ways. The current moved from north to south, but the wind usually came from the south, rippling the bronze-green water in the opposite direction. This apparently impossible contradiction, made apparent and possible, still fascinated Morag, even after the years of river-watching.

The dawn mist had lifted, and the morning air was filled with swallows, darting so low over the river that their wings sometimes brushed the water, then spiralling and pirouetting upward again. Morag watched, trying to avoid thought, but this ploy was not successful.

Pique had gone away. She must have left during the night. She had left a note on the kitchen table, which also served as Morag’s desk, and had stuck the sheet of paper into the typewriter, where Morag would be certain to find it.

Now please do not get all uptight, Ma. I can look after myself. Am going west. Alone, at least for now. If Gord phones, tell him I’ve drowned and gone floating down the river, crowned with algae and dead minnows, like Ophelia.

Well, you had to give the girl some marks for style of writing. Slightly derivative, perhaps, but let it pass. Oh jesus, it was not funny. Pique was eighteen. Only. Not dry behind the ears. Yes, she was, though. If only there hadn’t been that other time when Pique took off, that really bad time. That wouldn’t happen again, not like before. Morag was pretty sure it wouldn’t. Not sure enough, probably.

I’ve got too damn much work in hand to fret over Pique. Lucky me. I’ve got my work to take my mind off my life. At forty-seven that’s not such a terrible state of affairs. If I hadn’t been a writer, I might’ve been a first-rate mess at this point. Don’t knock the trade.

Morag read Pique’s letter again, made coffee and sat looking out at the river, which was moving quietly, its surface wrinkled by the breeze, each crease of water outlined by the sun. Naturally, the river wasn’t wrinkled or creased at all — wrong words, implying something unfluid like skin, something unenduring, prey to age. Left to itself, the river would probably go on like this, flowing deep, for another million or so years. That would not be allowed to happen. In bygone days, Morag had once believed that nothing could be worse than killing a person. Now she perceived river-slaying as something worse. No wonder the kids felt themselves to be children of the apocalypse.

No boats today. Yes, one. Royland was out, fishing for muskie. Seventy-four years old this year, Royland. Eyesight terrible, but he was too stubborn to wear glasses. A marvel that he could go on working. Of course, his work did not depend upon eyesight. Some other kind of sight. A water diviner. Morag always felt she was about to learn something of great significance from him, something which would explain everything. But things remained mysterious, his work, her own, the generations, the river.

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Why it's on the list ...
Jules Tonerre. And not just because of his stallion.
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The Antagonist
Why it's on the list ...
Still fancy him. Big time (no pun intended).
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Among the Ruins
Why it's on the list ...
Three books into this series, I'm far from the first woman to swoon for Esa Khattak.
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Light Lifting
Why it's on the list ...
My poor sweet awkward boyfriend who was the protagonist of this collection's title story. Let's not talk about what happens at the end, please.
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Experimental Film
Why it's on the list ...
Wow, talking about sticking by your partner. Simon deals with fires, hauntings, blindness, and more, and almost never fails to be steadfast.
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Close to Hugh

Close to Hugh

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also available: Hardcover
tagged : literary
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Why it's on the list ...
Hugh, charming Hugh, so deserving of the happiness he finally finds in mid-life.
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Elizabeth and After

Elizabeth and After

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Why it's on the list ...
"The wounded man I would obviously save."
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