I just finished The Line Painter, a new book from a first-time author, Claire Cameron.
The Line Painter recounts the complex and personal journey of Carrie, a young woman grieving over the death of her husband and Frank, the line painter who rescues her on a northern Ontario highway. The suspenseful journey ensues on many levels - literal, emotional, physical - for both Carrie and Frank.
Cameron’s writing style is sparse and to the point; however, she does an excellent job of helping an urban girl like me understand life in the rural Ontario setting, as well as building up suspense throughout.
What happens to Carrie? Will she be safe? Is Frank a creep or a nice guy under all that tough guy trucker facade? What about his friends? Can Carrie trust anyone? These were some of the questions running through my mind as I read The Line Painter.
I have to admit this isn’t the type of story I’d usually be compelled to read had it not been for my membership in the HarperCollins book club on Facebook. However, I’m glad I did and I’m looking forward to her next novel.
What’s also interesting about this book is how I learned about it in the first place - Facebook. I joined HarperCollinsCanada - The Reading Group, requested a copy and participated in a book club for the first time ever. I wish I’d been a more active participant. As a newbie, I spent most of the time reading what others had to say and reading an author interview. I was impressed by Claire Cameron’s involvement in the group as well. She responded to almost every reader comment.
What’s in store for you?
HarperCollins is introducing a new book or selection of books each month, making the books available to some of the members over the summer and doing a fine job of creating a community of readers. If you’re not already a member, consider joining
These days, several Canadian publishers are finding new ways to bring Canadian literature to Canadians. There are even some interesting ways you can find some great reads for free in exchange for a blog post or a comment or two online.
Now I’m on to my next book: Town House by Tish Cohen. I’ve heard it’s being made into a Hollywood movie. Stay tuned.
What have you read lately? Any new Canadian authors you can recommend? Do you belong to a book club? Leave a comment.
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