Mental minefield

I reviewed Anakana Schofield’s Martin John for the Winnipeg Free Press this weekend.

The novel has been short-listed for the Giller Prize and has been positively reviewed pretty well everywhere.

My review online is missing its opening paragraph due to a text/image mixup, so if you’re willing to spend $.27 to buy the piece, head on over to the Free Press after reading the intro here:

Martin John is one of those books that demands a great deal from its readers: namely, sustained attention to an unattractive character, the kind of person that is generally met with revulsion and rejection. But such is Irish-Canadian author Anakana Schofield’s talent—that she not only gains the reader’s interest but their investment in this figure’s motivations and wellbeing.

Update: the post has been fixed on the Free Press site.


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