teenaged daughter

by Robert Hilles

The irony of Robert Hilles’ second novel is that the one thing it lacks is poetry – ironic because Hilles is also a Governor General’s Award-winning poet. The writing here is spare, unadorned, at times even prosaic, a reflection perhaps of subject matter that is almost unrelentingly bleak. This is a novel whose force is in the stories it tells, stories of lives damaged seemingly beyond repair as a result of political and personal events far beyond the control of the characters who endure them. Read more…