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This is piece of Canadian literature that actually won the Governor General’s Award. I had to inject a bit of high-brow lit into my reading list to balance with all the young adult stuff I’ve been absorbed in lately.

It’s kind of difficult to summarize when Ru was about – the format of the book is basically a female narrator telling the story as if she was recalling memories of her life. The chapters were only a couple pages long each. I found this distracting and incoherent at times. I had to piece together what this woman’s life was, but she would be giving so much information (and introduce so many characters that would only exist for a few pages) without any linear timeline that it became too confusing.

We don’t know her name (I don’t recall her mentioning her name, but she might have and I just didn’t bother remembering it), but basically she is born during the Vietnam War and emigrates to Quebec, but travels around (I think?) and hangs out with her family.

The book had lovely writing and prose, and was an interesting concept, though I felt myself losing interest almost immediately. Thankfully, it is a very short book – only 160 pages, so I read it in about a day. I wouldn’t recommend this, but if you’re into conceptual novels, by all means, try it out.


{  } Pretty bad
{x} Tolerable
{  } All right
{  } Exciting
{  } Enthralling

Book 15 out of 60