Book Reviews

Book Review: Mad Hope.

Heather Birrell’s style of writing and her considerable observation powers must be praised for their precision and eloquence.

She may be considered one of the better young short story writers of the country.

In the eleven stories I this book, she leads the reader into both alarming and everyday life.

A Romanian doctor, who fled Ceacescu’s dictatorship, becomes a science teacher in Toronto and has to deal with the unexpected and unwanted pregnancy of a young Muslim female student!

Her approach to writing is unique in that the reader finds unexpected turns and twists in her stories that delight, or shock, or reveal the unthinkable.

Using precise, inventive language, this talented young writer creates astute and emphatic portraits of her characters we think we know, and yet don’t know at all which makes them unpredictable and unforgettable.

Highly recommended.