Category Archives: Review

NOW Magazine

A four N review by Susan G. Cole of His Whole Life in Toronto’s NOW Magazine calls the novel “superb,” “a poignant portrait of a complex family dealing with loss and regret.” Well, to be accurate, she says, “nevertheless superb,” because … Continue reading

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Quill & Quire

Dory Cerny in Quill & Quire writes that “after eight books, a couple of Governor General’s Literary Award nominations, and a Scotiabank Giller Prize (for 2007’s Late Nights on Air) to her credit, readers have come to expect a certain … Continue reading

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Toronto Star

Nancy Wigston in the Toronto Star writes: “In His Whole Life, Elizabeth Hay returns to the theme of duality, that tug between north and south that haunts her fiction. How lucky we are to have her, this writer who stares … Continue reading

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Macleans

In Macleans magazine Dilia Narduzzi reviews His Whole Life: “Hay writes an expansive novel about the meaning of loyalty, friendship, and choosing between staying and going. While there’s plenty to sink your teeth into — the intense relationships between humans and … Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun

In Tracy Sherlock’s review of His Whole Life in the Vancouver Sun, she says, “This book is about growing up and the events that make growing up harder. It’s about friends and secrets and broken marriages. It’s about doing what … Continue reading

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Guardian Review

A Guardian Review of Alone in the Classroom appeared October 12, 2013. “Hay’s risky strategy pays off in spades as her slow-burning story arc reaches its zenith and Connie’s past links up with Anne’s present to become a highly nuanced … Continue reading

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‘Alone in the Classroom’ a Globe Best Book 2011

“Through the figure of a beloved schoolteacher aunt, Hay’s narrator in this splendid novel sets out to discover the experiences that shaped her parents, and herself. In 1929, Connie Flood encounters, while teaching in Saskatchewan, a grim principal, self-important and … Continue reading

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‘Alone in the Classroom’ an Amazon Best Book of 2011

Read about it here. This list represents Amazon’s top ten Canadian fiction books in 2011.  

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Globe and Mail review of Alone in the Classroom

“Alone in the Classroom is meant to be read slowly, or even better, read twice. The story that unfolds, replete with poetry and punishment, passionate entanglements and incestuous love, and is even richer and more rewarding the second time around.” … Continue reading

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The Pickle Me This review of Alone in the Classroom

Kerry Clare’s Pickle Me This is a highly regarded book blog full of thoughtful reviews and literary insights. A recent review describes Alone in the Classroom as, “An unsettling book, whose story goes where you don’t think it will, and … Continue reading

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