New long readings to spend your evenings with
Praying the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas
By Omar Mouallem (Simon & Schuster, Sep 21)
Edmonton journalist and filmmaker Mouallem has always seen his Muslim identity as something imposed on him by his family and society in general. But in the era of “ISIS and Trumpism, Rohingya and Uyghur genocides, ethnonationalism and disinformation,” he visited mosques from the Arctic Circle to the Amazon, exploring the deep roots of the world. Islam in itself and in the Americas and paints a striking portrait of both.
Cuckoo Earth Cloud
By Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster, September 28)
The characters in three storylines, tied in subtle complexity over vast chasms of time and space – and a literal time bomb spinning throughout – form the backbone of Doerr’s latest book. His first novel since 2014 All the light that we can’t see, which topped bestseller lists and won the Pulitzer Prize, tells a compelling story about the human need for stories.
By Kim Thúy (Penguin Random House Canada, September 28)
All of Thúy’s outstanding novels share the setting (Vietnam War era), theme (betrayal of memory), brevity, and one-syllable titles, but Em perhaps the best Montreal author to date. More confident in her writing and less concerned with blurring the line between factual and fictional truth, Thúy is fascinating in this story of a kid from the streets of Saigon who adopts an abandoned little girl.