Books & Press

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Cover of Threshold by Carol Bruneau

Threshold (Nimbus/Vagrant, 2024)

Carol Bruneau’s fourth short story collection.

No Ordinary Magic: the Art of Laurie Swim (Goose Lane Editions, 2023)

Carol’s first non-fiction book has been shortlisted for the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award.

No Ordinary Magic by Carol Bruneau
Brighten the Corner Where You Are

Brighten the Corner Where You Are (Nimbus Publishing/Vagrant Press, 2020)

Inspired by the life of Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis. Nominated for the IMPAQ Dublin Literary Award.

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


Winner of the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction

Cover of A Circle on the Surface, by Carol Bruneau

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.”
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

glass voices
  • Finalist for the Dartmouth Book Award
  • Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books for 2007
  • Nominated for 2007 ReLit Award
  • Stephen Clare’s Top Ten List of Best Atlantic Canadian Fiction for 2007
  • The Sunday Herald’s list of Favourite Fiction of 2007
Bird on every tree
  • Shortlisted for Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
  • Shortlisted for Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction

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

Cover of These Good Hands by Carol Bruneau

These Good Hands

Published in 2015 by Cormorant. Available from Nimbus.

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.”
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.”
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, 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Award for Atlantic Fiction
  • Winner, 2001 Dartmouth Book Award.
  • Pamela Wallin’s top picks for 2000.
  • Nominated for Pearson Reader’s Choice Award, 2001.
  • Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books in 2000.

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.”
Sunday Herald

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

Nominated for the Dartmouth Book Award.

Nominated for the Dartmouth Book Award.

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.”

“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.”
New Brunswick Reader