Top 10 Fiction Books Set in Toronto

 

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a large Canadian city along the northwest coast of Lake Ontario. It is a dynamic metropolis with a nucleus of rising skyscrapers, all diminished by the iconic CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the ordered oval of Queen’s Park to 400 acres of High Park and its walking trails, sports facilities and interactive zoo.

 

In the Skin of a Lion

Radiant with intelligence and sparkling with romance, this novel tests the limit between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and makes a living in search of a missing millionaire and the tunnel under Lake Ontario. During his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with that of the characters who reappear in The English Patient, winner of the Ondaatje Booker award.

Read it For:
Ondaatje does things with a language that should be almost illegal, giving us scenes that can be both exuberant and heart-breaking, going in and out of different times and contexts with the fluidity and free association of memory.
Don't Read it For:
The plot is a little loose and seemed a bit disconnected.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book had won Trillium Book Award (1988), CBC Canada Reads (2002) Award.

What We All Long For

What We All Long For follows the superimposed stories of a close circle of twenty years of the second generation living in downtown Toronto. There is Tuyen, an avant-garde lesbian artist and daughter of Vietnamese parents who have never recovered from losing one of their children in infatuation when boarding a Vietnam ship in the 70s. Tuyen defines herself in opposition to almost everything in what your family believes and seeks. She is in love with her best friend Carla, a biracial cyclist, who continues to hesitate from the loss of her mother to suicide eighteen years ago and now faces the latest acts of delinquency of her brother Jamal. Oku is a jazz lover who, without the knowledge of his Jamaican parents, dropped out of college. She is in constant conflict with her little father and verbally violent and tormented by his unrequited love for Jackie, a beautiful black woman who runs a fashion store in Queen Street West and only gives white men. Like any of her friends, Jackie feels estranged from her parents, former Nova Scotia hipsters who never left their subsidized homes after their lives were trapped by desire and disappointment.

Read it For:
this book includes lots of suspense and poetry.
Don't Read it For:
The ending was not good as compared to the whole book.
What makes this book stand out?:
But What We All Long For is not just one city in particular. It is about the universal experience of being human. As Walcott says, "Brand makes us see ourselves in a different and new way: She translates our desires and our experiences into a language, an art that allows us to express what we live, but that we cannot express or transmit to the voice until he did it for us

All My Friends are Superheroes

All Tom's friends are really superheroes. There is the ear, the Cucharero, the impossible man. Tom even married a superhero, the perfectionist. But at his marriage, the perfectionist was hypnotized (by his ex-boyfriend Hypno, of course) to believe that Tom was invisible. Nothing of what he does can show them. Six months later, she is sure that Tom has abandoned her. He then moved to Vancouver. He will use his superpower to make Vancouver perfect and leave all the discouragement in Toronto. Having no idea that Tom is at his side, he gets on a plane in Toronto. He has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her that it is visible, or loses it forever.

Read it For:
This book is absolutely adorable. It will not change your life; it is not prose that destroys the Earth, it is simply an unaltered pleasure to read it
Don't Read it For:
This is a fairy tale so beautiful and short. Nothing more You can read it in less than half an hour.
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the saddest, funniest, strangest and most romantic books.

Girl Crazy

Justin, a teacher at the University of the dissatisfied community, meets Jenna and is immediately attracted to his mix of strength, vulnerability and mature sexuality. Jenna does not resemble anyone that Justin has known, through her he discovers a world of drugs and sex, occasional violence and intimidation that at first frightens him and then excites him. Justin falls deeper into Jenna's slavery, particularly when his erratic behaviour leads him to guess. When Jenna abruptly interrupts the relationship, Justin discovers that he is not willing to abandon this new life, or that of Jenna, without fighting.

Read it For:
The writing was very good. The plot was a bit strange in this book
Don't Read it For:
This book contains adult and 18+ content.
What makes this book stand out?:
Strictly drawn and with a fast pace, Girl Crazy is a cinematic journey through the obsession of a man with a younger woman.
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Girls Fall Down

A girl faints in the Toronto subway. His friends are taken to the hospital with unexplained eruptions; They complain of a strange smell in the subway. Police swarms arrive and then the equipment of dangerous materials. Panic spreads through the city and words like poisoning and terrorism spread in the air. Soon, people are collapsing across the city in meters, trams and shopping centres, always provoked, they say, by an unidentifiable smell. Alex witnessed this first episode. He is a photographer: of wounded and dead, for his work in the hospital and life, in his nocturnal explorations in every corner of the city. Alex is diabetic and now faces the real possibility of losing his sight, and is determined to create a permanent vision of his city through the lens of his camera. As he rushes to exploit his anguished vision, he meets an old girlfriend, the one who broke his heart in the eighties, while fighting for the right to abortion and social justice and the fight against the chemical demons of his body. But now Susie-Paul is fighting her own crisis: her schizophrenic brother has been missing for months, and the streets of Toronto are more hostile than ever

Read it For:
Helwig's poetic experience was an essential element of this novel
Don't Read it For:
Writing about the city and its places and streets took over the book and were seriously distracted by the real story.
What makes this book stand out?:
Selected as the 2012 title of One Book Toronto. Maggie Helwig, the author of "Between Mountains", praised by critics, has created a novel, not of daring actions, but of small gestures, which shows how easy and kind it is to fall into paranoia and how huge and terrifying it is to slip into love This is a remarkable novel: charged romantically and politically, totally convincing in his portrayal of our individual and social instability, and firm in his faith in redemption.

Fifth Business

Ramsay is a twice-born man, a man who returned from the hell of the battle tomb in Passchendaele in the First World War decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be trapped in a no man's land where memory, history and myth collide. While Ramsay tells his story, it seems that from his childhood he exercised perhaps mystical influence, perhaps pernicious, in those around him. His seemingly innocent participation in such harmless events as throwing a snowball or teaching card tricks to a child is neither innocent nor harmless.

Read it For:
The writing is delicious and profound with many touches of humour.
Don't Read it For:
The plot is complicated and intricate.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fifth Business stands out as an extraordinary story told by a rational man who discovers that the wonderful is just another aspect of reality.

The Fionavar Tapestry

In the three novels that make up the Fionavar Arazzi trilogy compiled in this omnibus edition (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road), five students of the University of Toronto are transported to a magical land to fight against the forces of evil. During a Celtic conference, Kimberley, Kevin, Jennifer, Dave and Paul meet the magician Loren Silvercloak. Gooing back with him to the magical kingdom of Fionavar to participate in a festival, they soon discover that they are being drawn into the conflict between darkness and light when Unraveller Rakoth Maugrim is freed from his mountain prison and threatens the continued existence of Fionavar. They join wizards, elves, dwarves and the forces of the Great King of Brennin to fight Maugrim, where Kay's imaginative powers as builders of the world come to the fore. He intertwines the Arthurian legends in the fluid mixture of Celtic, Nordic and Teutonic, creating a great fantasy that leads readers to a heroic struggle that the author makes even more memorable thanks to the tributes he gives to the masters of the past.

Read it For:
An incredibly epic story. Kay is a natural storyteller, and she shows it in this story
Don't Read it For:
This book is so lengthy.
What makes this book stand out?:
The trilogy is a great tribute to J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien, but while the echoes of Tolkien's masterpiece are very real, the books offer the wonderful taste of a new fantasy writer who cuts his teeth at the feet of a master. Kay has a very real bond with Tolkien: as an assistant to Christopher Tolkien, Kay has had great value in helping to fight for the posthumous Tolkien Silmarillion to be formed for publication. Kay is undoubtedly one of the Canadian masters of high fantasy, and The Fionavar Tapestry is one of his most enduring works. Readers, however, should also take a look at Kay's Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan and The Sarantine Mosaic to really experience a teacher at work.

Scott Pilgrim the Complete Series

Scott Pilgrim is in love, but there are complications. Having to defy the ex-villains of his new girlfriend had nothing planned, but love makes you do fun things. Follow his story in the complete saga of Scott Pilgrim in this set by Scott Pilgrim. This set contains the six graphic novels in a practical package wrapped with contraction.

Read it For:
The Scott Pilgrim series was generally enjoyable and rather clever
Don't Read it For:
The art in Scott Pilgrim is fundamentally attractive, simplistic, but tends to deduce more from the book than it adds. The characters are simple and do not differ very well with each other; sometimes the scenes become confusing.
What makes this book stand out?:
Scott Pilgrim is a pretty well-told story about a hipster guy who deals with love and fights in Canada. It is definitely imperfect, but it ends up being quite fun.

Cat’s Eye

Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Wrapped by vivid images of the past, she remembers a trio of girls who started her in the ferocious politics of childhood and in her secret world of friendship, desire and betrayal. Elaine has to deal with her own identity as a daughter, lover, artist and woman, but above all, she must seek liberation from her disturbing memories. Creepy, exhilarating and compassionate, Cat's Eye is an overwhelming novel about a woman who struggles with the intricate knots of her life.

Read it For:
The book is well and beautifully written.
Don't Read it For:
The book is only for casual and tale reader.
What makes this book stand out?:
Cat's Eye takes place in Toronto and follows the life of the imaginary artist Elaine Risley during her childhood in Toronto until her return to her hometown.

Headhunter

Timothy Finley's Headhunter is a dystopian novel set in Toronto, at a time when a disease called sturusemia has swept the city. The disease is carried by birds and, as a result, the city decides to kill them. The story centres on a schizophrenic librarian named Lilah Kemp and two psychiatrists named Kurtz and Marlow, who draw a parallel with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Mental illness is rampant, and Kurtz uses his well-heeled patients for his purposes.

Read it For:
Headhunter is enjoyable and must read for everyone.
Don't Read it For:
It is hard to understand.
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel is set around Rosedale, and the Parkin Psychiatric Institute, based at the Clark Institute of Psychiatry, located at the University of Toronto's College St. Findley's outlook in Toronto depicts a terrifying and fascinating image of downtown Toronto and its surroundings.

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