Books & Press

A Circle on the Surface (Nimbus Publishing/Vagrant Press, 2018)


Advance reviews:

“A  quietly brilliant novel driven…by close observation and insight into character.”
–starred review, Quill and Quire

A Circle on the Surface


And a wonderful review by Michelle Deines in Understorey:

A Circle on the Surface by Carol Bruneau



A Bird on Every Tree (Nimbus Publishing/Vagrant Press, 2017)

“Bruneau is a master. We should know this by now, but A Bird on Every Tree
is a powerful reminder.” —starred review, Quill & Quire

-Shortlisted for Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
and the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction




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Glass Voices (Nimbus/Vagrant Press, 2018) (Cormorant, 2007)

“This novel is so rich in detail and emotion that a first reading
merely opens the reader to an appreciation of its gifts. Its density submerges
the reader in a complete world of character, plot and setting …
Glass Voices illustrates the immense strength some people have
to cope with tragedy – and that is truly inspiring.” 
The Globe and Mail

Glass Voices demonstrates how profoundly love shapes lives,
no matter what else happens … textured and rich.”Quill & Quire

“…A remarkably intricate, textured and complex novel … deeply compassionate.”
Literary Review of Canada

– finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award

-named one of The Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books for 2007

-nominated for 2007 ReLit Award

-named on Stephen Clare’s Top Ten List of Best Atlantic Canadian Fiction for 2007

-on The Sunday Herald‘s  list of Favourite Fiction of 2007

berth Berth (Cormorant, 2005)


“…A subtle work of offhand wisdom and insight, heartbreakingly true-to-life.”

–Lynn Coady

Berth is excoriating in its illumination of women who are dependent, and how love (in its most romantic sense) can be utterly destructive.”

–The Globe and Mail

Berth is a novel about taking chances with one’s heart and what happens when you cast off the present for a questionable future … The emotions in the novel are raw ones, the writing empathetic and skilled. A Nova Scotia novel with a difference, Berth is a winner.”

–The Sun Times (Owen Sound)

-nominated for 2006 ReLit Award.




Purple for Sky (Cormorant, 2000) published in the U.S. as A Purple Thread for Sky (Carroll & Graf, 2001)


“Carol Bruneau’s Purple for Sky…will be this year’s unheralded surprise. Bruneau has a saucy, punchy even ebullient writing style, and is completely at ease in the wonderful Arcadian milieu of the story.”   –National Post

“An endearing, entertaining tale by a first-class storyteller … It is as meticulously crafted and multi-textured as the quilt that stands as the book’s central metaphor.”

–The Globe and Mail

“Reminiscent of Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel … An intricate and compelling novel [that] holds a rich inventory of complex characters, historical details, and hard-won truths.”

–Atlantic Books Today

-winner of 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Award for Atlantic Fiction and the Dartmouth Book Award.

-named one of Pamela Wallin’s top picks for 2000.

-nominated for Pearson Reader’s Choice Award, 2001.

-named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books in 2000.

depth_rapture Depth Rapture (Cormorant, 1998)

“With her compassionate eye, her understanding of the human condition, her strong sense of place, her clean, lyrical prose, Carol Bruneau is an easy writer to praise. With her second collection of stories, she has shown herself to be one of the brightest lights in Atlantic fiction.”

–Pottersfield Portfolio

“…it’s the bold sense of bold-face confidence that makes these stories lethally strong and lethally true …an amazing progression for an astonishingly talented writer.”

–The Sunday Herald

“…the maturity and richness of a first-class storyteller.”

–The Globe and Mail

-nominated for the Dartmouth Book Award

ANGEL_MILL After the Angel Mill (Cormorant Books, 1995)

“One of [Cormorant’s] gems this year … a collection of linked short stories that is as hard to get out of your head as a haunting blues song.”

–The StarPhoenix

“A wonderful debut, After the Angel Mill is a moving tribute to those whose lives remain untold.”

–Atlantic Books Today

“The pleasure of this collection is in its evocation of a vibrant, close-knit community of people whose lives are at once both ordinary and extraordinary.”

–The New Brunswick Reader

-nominated for the Dartmouth Book Award

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Glass Voices


Purple for Sky

Depth Rapture

Purple for Sky

A Purple Thread for Sky

After The Angel Mill


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