New reviews online

March 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In case you didn’t catch them in the print issue of Quill & Quire, my reviews of two books by the perennially underrated David Carpenter are online at the Quill site. The books are Welcome to Canada, a collection of new and selected stories, and A Hunter’s Confession, a meditation on the practice of hunting. Both are well worth seeking out. As are the reviews themselves, which begin thusly:

The title of Warren Cariou’s foreword to Welcome to Canada, a volume of David Carpenter’s new and selected stories, is “You Are Now Entering Carpenter Country.” Carpenter’s fictional landscape – located mainly in the outposts of rural Saskatchewan and B.C. – is less firmly entrenched in the Canadian literary psyche than the small-town southern Ontario setting commonly referred to as “Munro Country.” The reason for this is something of a mystery: Carpenter’s writing – stark naturalism honed with a scalpel’s precision – is pristine, and it deserves a wider audience.

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