Category Archives: Review

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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Curled Up With a Good Book review of A Student of Weather

Full of contrasts, light and dark, truth and deception, love and rejection, this elegiac novel is written in illuminating prose. The story unfolds through the eyes of the younger of two motherless sisters. Norma Joyce, a square peg who resists … Continue reading

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Collection of review excerpts for A Student of Weather

“There has never been a sister, lover, or daughter like Elizabeth Hay’s haunted Norma Joyce. A Student of Weather is as evocative as Jane Campion’s The Piano in its erotic obsessions and relentless quest for love and art. A sensual … Continue reading

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Curled Up With a Good Book review of Garbo Laughs

Elizabeth Hay’s second novel, Garbo Laughs, is a movie fanatic’s dream. But I may be biased. I am a self-confessed movie junkie and insanely passionate about books. Hay serves up mountains of film and literary references that kept me riveted … Continue reading

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The New York Times review of Garbo Laughs

THERE are many addictions that can beset us in modern life: work, food, exercise, sex, shopping, the Internet, video games. And, as we’re reminded in Elizabeth Hay’s witty new novel, there are the movies. In Garbo Laughs—a reference to the … Continue reading

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Pickle Me This review of Late Nights on Air

So often, unsurprisingly, we find ourselves employing metaphors of artistry when it comes to a well-crafted book. Writers “weave” narratives, “paint” images, and, yes “craft” at all. Similarly, I recently wrote about a book’s machinery. And all this is high … Continue reading

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The Bookbag review of Late Nights on Air

It was the beginning of June, the start of the long, golden summer of 1975 when northern light held that little radio station in the large palm of its hand. This isn’t quite the opening sentence of Late Nights on … Continue reading

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