Brown Girl in the Room—Priya Ramsingh

ISBN: 9781988040332
Pub date: Fall 2017


Sara Ramnarine is just starting out her career in Toronto, a city that is touted as one of the most cosmopolitan in the world with its motto, “Diversity is our Strength.” As a smart, driven, educated, contemporary woman, Sara assumes her rise up the corporate ladder will be seamless. But she soon discovers that the workplace is full of pitfalls and obstructions, including discrimination and racism. Eventually, Sara is forced to make a critical decision that affects her career and state of mind, risking her reputation for years to come.

“Priya Ramsingh’s Brown Girl in the Room is a nuanced and insightful account of what it means to be a first generation Canadian woman within a ruthless corporate environment. Fearless and direct, Ramsingh presents her protagonist, Sara, as well as her friends and colleagues with an equal mix of compassion and critique, exposing racism, misogyny, and all of their consequences. An engaging and powerful debut.” —Danila Botha, author of For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known and Too Much on the Inside

“A storyline that isn’t discussed in popular modern fiction but needs to be told“—Goodreads

“When a book is able to make you reflect on your own life experiences and reminds you of some of the issues that still exist to this day, you know it is extremely well written!—Goodreads

“Ramsingh creates a mostly believable, true-to-life workplace filled with conflicting egos and low-key racism that’s as damaging as anything overt. The book’s message is strong… a worthwhile story”—Publishers Weekly

“Office politics steeped in rivalry and racism.”—Toronto Star

“A crucial addition to Canadian diasporic literature… In an era where representation matters, Brown Girl in the Room is definitely the first novel I have read that has connected so deeply to my own reality.” —Amrita Kumar-Ratta, Brown Girl Magazine

“This story will serve as a point of affirmation… Brown Girl in the Room gives me hope”—Harsha Nahata, Brown Girl Magazine

Brown Girl in the Room is an all too realistic and relatable story of being a woman of colour and building your career… Ramsingh does a great job of depicting the insidiously subtle form racism can take in the professional world.”—Literary Treats

Since she was acclaimed by her Grade Five teacher for story writing skills, Priya Ramsingh has recognized her calling as a writer. An English graduate from Carleton University, Priya spent twenty-two years in communications, with nine as a freelance writer. Brown Girl in the Room is her first novel.

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Finishing the Road—David Cozac

ISBN: 9781988040370
Pub date: Fall 2017

Finishing the Road is set in 1990s Guatemala, where a long, often brutal, civil war persists. The Canadian, French and Guatemalan protagonists travel the country, confronting various questions. How to forge an identity amid an intense sense of rootlessness? Where is home for the lonely and emotionally adrift? How to overcome grief? In his debut novel, David Cozac introduces the reader to a land beset by loss and to people seeking to end their isolation, free themselves of doubt and rekindle human connection.

“David Cozac’s novel reminds us that the bird of Guatemala, the quetzal, cannot survive in captivity. His story pays homage to the flight of the resplendent bird, whose beautiful plumage is echoed in the intricacies of Ixil weaving. In this braided quest story, four individuals seek connection and belonging in the highlands of Guatemala. In prose that flows with the inflections and metaphors of the land, a story is woven of three separate journeys. A teenaged girl takes her brother back to the village from which their family fled a decade earlier. Theirs is the story of persistence in the face of persecution, and an honouring of ancient ways. A young woman seeks to connect with the father she never met by travelling to the places that shaped him. A young man finds solace and direction in her published accounts. This is a novel about healing the wounds of fatherlessness, about the weaving of chance and fate, the wisdom of hope and the potential liberty in following the path of the heart.”—Kelley Aitken, author of Canadian Shield and Love in a Warm Climate

Finishing the Road was, for me, the type of book you don’t want to put down, can’t wait to pick up, and yet, at the same time, you never want it to end.”—James Fisher, Miramichi Reader

Cozac nicely juxtaposes the inner journeys of his characters against the backdrop of a beautiful country at a difficult moment in history.”—Goodreads

Photo by Sharon Ting

Canadian author David Cozac was born and raised in Toronto. He works for the United Nations. In the past, he worked for several human rights organizations, including PEN Canada and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

 

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Eulogy—Ken Murray

Eulogy Cover FinalISBN: 9781926639857
Pub date: Summer 2015

Eulogy is a hit: now in its second print run!


The controlled and calm life of William Oaks is shattered when his parents die suddenly in a car accident. A reclusive paper conservator at a renowned Toronto museum, William must face the obsessions and denials that have formed him: delusional family history, religious fundamentalism, and get-rich-quick schemes. Memory and facts collide, threatening to derail his life and career as William feverishly prepares for an important exhibition on the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

“Eulogy is a powerful and riveting exploration of the family: the tensions between father and son, mother and son, and mother and father through the sharp-eyed, sensitive voice of William Oaks. Masterfully mesmerizing.”—Catherine Graham, author of Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects

“In his debut novel, Ken Murray tells the kind of secrets that simultaneously bind and tear a family apart. With a quick turn of a head or a phrase, the normal becomes freakish, and cruelty mundane. This is a story about diet drinks and religion, death and video games. Eulogy is an obituary to modern innocence.” —Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, author of Down to This and Ghosted

“Too often, first-time novelists show up with baby fat or affectation or slavish devotion to some novelistic ideology. But Murray begins as a mature writer: muscular, plain spoken, himself alone. The story he tells here makes for compulsive reading.”—Benjamin Taylor, author of Naples Declared and The Book of Getting Even

“Absorbing novel . . . A cautious optimist, Murray grants this wounded soul a chance for happiness while acknowledging the work required to clasp it fully.” —Brett Josef Grubisic, The Georgia Straight

“Ken Murray’s powerful, poignant debut… According to convention, a book about grief has no right to be a page-turner, but this one is.” —Jade Colbert, Globe and Mail

“Ken Murray’s solemn and entrancing debut . . . Eulogy is a serious, graceful novel that interrogates the roots of a particular strain of family unhappiness.” —Ryan D. Matthews, Brooklyn Rail

“Well written and very thought provoking . . . The ending truly caught me by surprise and I do love that in a book.” —Patty Woodland, brokenteepee.com

“I enjoyed Eulogy immensely. It’s smart, occasionally funny, and very human. There are so many reasons to read this book: pick one and take the plunge.” —Andrew Fookes, Literary Fiction Review

Fiction_Murray_KenKen Murray lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He teaches creative writing at Haliburton School of the Arts and at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. He is a volunteer broadcaster in community radio and dabbles in several sports. Eulogy is his first novel. For more information visit kenmurray.ca.

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