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She is, and has been for decades, one of our most important writers, one whose work represents all the most essential and pleasurable aspects of literature, and which reminds us of what great literature is: You know it when you see it.
The Globe and Mail
Like Primary Colors, Sussex Drive is unabashedly entertaining and uses the privilege of fiction to talk about the behind-the-scenes drama that shapes public life.
—The National Post
After leaving school when she was sixteen, Mary Ross worked for two weeks with a cheap chorus line at the old La Plaza, quitting when her stepmother heard the girls were a lot of toughs.
"The purpose of my birth was to replace lives that had been lost. My life's duty was to prolong that of my mother." With those words Ru takes off on a difficult journey, from Vietnam to Quebec, from one language to another, rendered in exquisite, unsentimental prose.
Jury Citation, 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist
“David Bergen is a master of taut, spare prose that’s both erotic and hypnotic. . . .”