What are the best books written by female Canadian writers?

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    #1The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.


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    Andy Yu
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you want to understand what a world without women's freedoms is like, this is the book for you! Dark, twisted, and absolutely engrossing... you wont want to put the book down. From the very beginning you are drawn into the lives of the handmaidens, and weirdly also drawn into the lives of the mistresses who are part of the abuse going on in the society. It's closdly resembles the show black mirror, being able to show us what society would be like if one factor was either added or removed. Fantastic! Definitely recommend"
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    #2Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.


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    Larry Harrison
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is perhaps the quintessential classic if you're looking for books by Canadian women. I first read it when I was probably about 10 at my mom's urging. I loved to read, but the library was closed and I was whining about wanting to go get a book. She dropped it in my lap and told that was it if I wanted to read that day. It became a favorite and I look forward to giving a copy to my daughter when she gets to where she can read it easily."
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    #3The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Margaret Atwood. It tells the story of two sisters, Laura and Iris Chase, as Iris recalls and tries to understand the life of her deceased sister through her novel "The Blind Assassin."


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    Eugene Gardner
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "At first glance this was a much longer read than I was anticipating! Clocking in at over 500 pages, I wasn't sure if I would be able to endure so much. I'm happy to report that this is one of the most compelling books that I have read in recent memory. Without speaking to much of the plot, I can say that the story is enthralling and keeps you wanting to know more. There is strong language throughout so if you aren't comfortable with that, I would stay away. But please, give this gem a chance. Go in unspoiled as the experience on the way out will be so much better."
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    #4Alias Grace

    Alias Grace

    Alias Grace is a novel by Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood. It tells the real-life story of Grace Marks, who was convicted murder in 1843 for the deaths of three people. Years later, a psychiatrist helps to prove her innocence.


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    Wayne Contreras
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you are looking for a good Canadian novelist, you can probably do no better than Margaret Atwood. She tells great stories, and Alias Grace is no exception. You definitely want to have an interest in thrillers before reading this."
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    #5Somewhere in France

    Somewhere in France

    Somewhere in France is Jennifer Robson's romantic novel about Elizabeth, a girl of a titled family who joined a women's group to help the British in World War I, and her love for Robert, a lowly Scottish surgeon in the war.


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    Carl Simmons
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "While I enjoy the elegance Elizabeth possesses, I found the rest of the story quite boring. There isn't really anything here I haven't read many times before. It's not a bad book, and I was happy to regift it, but it didn't really resonate with me."
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    Room is a novel written by Emma Donoghue which tells the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack who gets to live in a room he considers the world. 


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    Virginia Silva
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Pretty amazing. And riveting. And heartbreaking. And scary. And many other things - good things. The topic is grim, but the author looks at it from such a singular angle that it becomes something else - in a way. And it simultaneously makes the situation that more maddening, and scary. It's almost as if someone from another planet had observed the situation and written a book about it, managing to capture the essence of the circumstance, and its humanity, by looking at it from a completely different point of view. It makes me wonder what other difficult situations the author could look at with that very personal sensibility - I can't wait to find out. A fascinating read, amazingly touching and brilliant."
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    #7Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants

    Water for Elephants is a book by Sara Gruen which tells the story of Jacob who has to work with a problematic man in a traveling circus and later they will acquire an elephant that they will name Rosie.


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    Melissa Bryant
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I was eager to get to the next sentence. This story lures you in by mentioning the grisly recollection of a ninety-something year old man: with the thought of a plot possibly filled with wild hysteria. The Circus, behind the scenes, has always carried a hint of grunge, delirium and madness within the community of performers to me."
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    Hexed, the first book in Michelle Krys' young adult fantasy series, is about a high school girl named Indie, who found out she is a witch and that she is destined to save the world by finding the thief who stole a powerful book.

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    Parakram Sen
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a great book written by a woman from Canada. Awesome book to add to your fantasy collection. Great writing and character development. "
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    #9Bitten (Women of the Otherworld)

    Bitten (Women of the Otherworld)

    Bitten is a suspense novel with a huge international success. Elena Michaels lost her parents in a car accident when she was a child. Smart, beautiful and engaged to be married she discovers that her fiance is a werewolf. 


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    Judy Holmes
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Could you imagine? What would you do? I would run as fast as I can in the opposite direction holding my head high knowing I did the right thing for the right reasons at the right time. "
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    #10Do Not Say We Have Nothing

    Do Not Say We Have Nothing

    Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien is a historical fiction novel originally published in May 2016. This book is a Giller Prize Awards winner. It was also nominated for the Booker Prize.


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    Alan Chavez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I would definitely not describe Madeleine Thien's Do Not Say We Have Nothing as a light read. It covers vast periods of time and depicts a dark period in China's history. The characters are ordinary people that are caught up in extraordinary political events and suffer via the turmoil. The story is complex and will certainly give you an insight to the tragedies that came with revolutionary China. I found the book to be well researched and quite well written."
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    #11Sweetness in the Belly

    Sweetness in the Belly

    Sweetness in the Belly is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Camilla Gibb which centers on Lilly who goes on on a pilgrimage to Harar, Ethiopia.


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    Harry Powell
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "this is a book that I think many will love to read"
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    #12Milk and Honey

    Milk and Honey

    Milk and Honey is a bestselling collection of poetry and prose written by Indian-Canadian poet, Rupi Kaur. It is divided into four chapters, with each chapter dealing with different topics.


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    Annabel is a the debut novel of Kathleen Winter. It is a contemporary fictional book with LGBT theme. It follows the story of the baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl.

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    Shirley Jordan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I was able to get into the head of each characters very easily. Although it is an uncomfortable book, it was interesting. I definitely recommend this book."
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    #14Fugitive Pieces

    Fugitive Pieces

    Fugitive Pieces is a dramatic novel for young adults written by Anne Michaels. It was released in 1998. It became a New York Times Notable Book of the Year awardee, a Lannan Literary Fiction awardee and a Guardian Fiction awardee.


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    Jonathan Morris
    Written on May 7, 2018
    ""A book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to." -That's how the book is described, let that sink in a bit. The same type of people who are giving it negative reviews with long winded paragraphs are the same type of people who are looking to be better and more elite than the author, who is the exact same type of person, but too lazy to write their own book."


Best What are the best books written by female Canadian writers
1The Handmaid's TaleBooks 56 Paid
2Anne of Green GablesBooks 50 Paid
3The Blind AssassinBooks 48 Paid
4Alias GraceBooks 45 Paid
5Somewhere in FranceBooks 44 Paid
6RoomBooks 41 Paid
7Water for ElephantsBooks 38 Paid
8HexedBooks 37 Paid
9Bitten (Women of the Otherworld)Books 35 Paid
10Do Not Say We Have NothingBooks 34 Paid

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