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The Canoe

The Canoe - Michelle  Baker I received a promotional copy of this book through the First Reads program.

I am not a fan of books that can be used as murder weapons. So when I saw this one listed at a harmless 118 pages, I could not help but be interested. In actuality, it is even shorter. Perhaps more novella than novel.

It is different. Certainly unusual, if not quite unique. Baker alternates chapters between a male MC and a female MC, as Andrew Davies did so well in B. Monkey. (Though in this one they never meet, while in that one they are lovers.) Short chapters, often only a couple pages long. A glimpse here, a glance there, not revealing too much. Not wasting space on the page with filler and fluff. Her writing style is smooth, but slow-paced. So I wouldn't call it a page-turner, but it wasn't a chore to read. The proofer did a good job, which is often not the case with small press publications.

However, I feel like I have more questions than answers. I am wondering about certain choices Baker made.

Note: I did not notice a political agenda in the story. So her connection with the Huffington Post was not an issue.