Something not about North America:
I’m suggesting this not because I think some experiences are universal and common to all fiction, but because experiences are not universal. If, as we explored a few weeks ago, a large segment of Dal’s population is international, why not strive to read something other than the Canadian and American voices dominating this year’s list?
Check out Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xialou Guo, a Chinese-born, bilingual writer and filmmaker. This 2008 novel follows restless young woman Fenfang as she moves from provincial dreamer to city struggler, to the silver screen.
Something totally loony toons:
Have you ever wanted to read experimental poetry that only uses one vowel at a time? Christian Bok’s Eunoia will satisfy your need. An avant-garde work is always polarizing, and sure to get discussion going.