Books by Sheila Fischman

RU by Kim Thúy
by Kim Thúy, translated by Sheila Fischman
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"As a quest for identity, Thúy's work is not altogether satisfying, but her powerful scene-setting makes her a writer to watch."
In her slim, partly autobiographical first novel, Thúy, a Vietnamese-Canadian writing in French, seeks to make sense through memories of a life straddling East and West. Read full book review >
TODAY, MAYBE by Dominique Demers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Adults could probably make many dreams and metaphors of this, but it is lovely in itself, with its promise of the power of story and imagination, and the wait for the perfect, sublime friend. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A mysterious and very Gallic (the author is French-Canadian) story with hints of Pippi Longstocking and Pooh without really being very like either. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2006

"Beautifully written memories of a youth filled with literature, language, family, friendship, love, lust and a place that is no more."
Judaism, community, friendship, love, Farhoud, and above all, reading and writing, form the core of Kattan's vibrant telling of his upbringing in Jewish Baghdad during the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS TOO FOND OF MATCHES by Gaétan Soucy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The latter's death, and the impingement of the 'real world' on the siblings' forced solitude, are narrated in hushed tones that resonate with both suggestive psychological complexity and the emotional coloring of an ancient ballad or folktale."
There's a bit of Mervyn Peake's classic fantasy Gormenghast and a whiff of V.C. Andrews's maudlin gothic Flowers in the Attic in this effectively creepy chamber piece from a popular Montreal author, appearing here for the first time. Read full book review >
THE LONGEST HOME RUN by Roch Carrier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 1993

"Also available in French and Spanish. (Picture book/Young reader. 6- 10)"
An award-winning Canadian team (The Hockey Sweater, 1984, has sold 84,000 copies) comes up with another offbeat sports story, set in a Quebec village in 1947. Read full book review >