Reviews for The Apple House


"Gillian Campbell’s first novel,The Apple House, is a poignant and personal book about the importance of belonging, especially in times of great grief...themes and images are gently, and often beautifully, told." —Winnipeg Review

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"The Apple House draws out the contrasts of life in small-town Canada, and that is one of its greatest strengths. While life-long relationships build a strong community, they also make it hard for characters to change... small objects and a shared landscape create a culture that is unique to each town—whether it is a French and English village from 40 years ago or the communities we live in now. Campbell remind[s] us of the power of everyday objects." —Coastal Spectator

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"The Apple House is a novel rich with vivid detail: shoes, artificial legs, and old houses. Gillian Campbell weaves the story of Imogene as an adult, an Anglophone who has forgotten her French, together with Imo as a child, running free. Played out across a beautifully evoked landscape, the suburbs of the West Island of Montreal become layered with memory in this compelling book." —Kate Pullinger, winner of the 2009 Governor General's Award for Fiction for The Mistress of Nothing