The Sentimentalists

I just finished the Giller winner by Johanna Skibsrud earlier this week; it is a clever ‘novella’ a sort of war mini-epic’. How it reverberates in its written structure creating clever transfers between time, memory and emotion. These components of the storytelling resurface poetically in the lives of the narrator, one of the two daughters of Vietnam war hero: Napoleon. A great read. If I was running my own creative writing course or curriculum for Canadian literature, this would definitely be on the course list – for two reasons: to foster eduction and great discussion/debate about Small Presses vs. Awards having had a huge impact on the publishing industry in Canada this past year for this reason and for the quality of the body of work (structure, arrangements of content, point of view) as a literary piece. SD.


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