Anxiety is the watchword at most school reunions, with side-eye comparisons of greying hair and extra pounds. Not for Randy Craig. She’s more concerned with resolving a twenty-year-old CanLit scandal. While helping her best friend organize their reunion at the University of Alberta, Randy’s tumultuous past as a graduate student comes rushing into the present, as she faces off against old ghosts and imminent death.
I love Randy Craig—her sly humour, her sharp intellect, her inexhaustible resilience, her healthy appreciation for good food ... and good men! I've always delighted in her company, and Another Margaret is the best novel yet. In a stroke of genius, Janice MacDonald uses Randy's involvement in a twenty-year reunion to flashback to the first novel, set in Randy's graduate school days. The brilliant melding of the old and new is a true gift, for both long-time fans of Randy Craig and readers meeting her for the first time. Janice MacDonald's finely honed skills as a writer of fine mysteries shine in this delicious two-for-one tale.
Angie Abdou, author of Between
MacDonald does a terrific job capturing the seasons of the academic year: the heightened expectations of autumn, and then come April, everybody is crying. The send-up of academia is fun and smart, and also important in what Randy’s work as a sessional instructor has to tell us about the precarious nature of academic work at the moment.
Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This
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