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Review excerpt for The Only Snow in Havana: Canadian Book Review Annual

“The writing is a constant joy, alive with simple images that strike to the heart, a clarity of expression that is like clean air, observations that stop on the page. The book floats in the mind after it is read, … Continue reading

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George Woodcock on The Only Snow in Havana

“Imaginary, inventive, filled with its own light in rather a similar way to an Impressionist painting. It has a unique gleaming quality.” —George Woodcock

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Review excerpt for Captivity Tales: Quill & Quire

“Compulsively readable.” —Quill & Quire

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Review excerpt for Captivity Tales: Canadian Book Review Annual

“Hay’s interweaving of recollection, remembrance, association, history, biography and Native legend is nothing short of brilliant.” —Canadian Book Review Annual

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Review excerpt for Captivity Tales: Books in Canada

“A poetic compilation, like a Hieronymous Bosch scene, pulsing with images and sounds that resonate against one another… A bittersweet chorale of whispers about absence and longing. I recommend bending an ear.” —Books in Canada

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Review excerpt for Garbo Laughs: The Toronto Star

“Thoughtful, smart, sardonically funny, Ottawa’s Elizabeth Hay has created her own niche in Canadian fiction by fastening her intelligence on the real stuff—the bumps and glories in love, kinship, friendship.” —The Toronto Star

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Review excerpt for Garbo Laughs: The Globe and Mail

“A novel so subtle and so wonderfully layered that it resembles a black-and-white movie of a certain era, full of elegance, aura and wit.” —The Globe and Mail

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Review excerpt for Garbo Laughs: The Guardian

“For all its movie references, Canadian Elizabeth Hay’s second novel [Garbo Laughs] is a very literary book. Its story—of family and friends, love and death—unravels slowly while its characters are lovingly fleshed out …. From start to finish, this book … Continue reading

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Review excerpt for A Student of Weather: Kirkus Reviews

“Top-flight fiction keeps arriving from Canada with remarkable frequency these days. This time, the high standards set by Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, and others are matched—and then some … Brilliant.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Review excerpt for A Student of Weather: Newsday

“Enormously moving … An unsentimental testament to resilience and mettle … A triumphant novel.” —Newsday

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