JASMINE D’COSTA … The story of an innocent teen mom wrongfully convicted of the murder of her two‐year‐old son — thanks to the false testimony of a famous doctor
Rarely does the world get a glimpse of the process by which an asylum seeker can traverse international borders to wreck havoc on the lives of others. Sharon Thomas’ debut novel is a fictional account of some of the immigration issues faced by countries trying to protect their borders. Thomas’ literary depictions take the reader behind the scenes to examine the mindset of a terrorist, individuals who must face making choices that may carry grave consequences, and the lives that they affect.
I recall being at York University between 1999 and 2003 when my best friend was studying writing there – or more specifically she was studying English Literature until she could transfer into a different program that was specifically for aspiring writers seeking to hone their craft. I recall she had to make the attempt several times before she finally got into the writers craft program, which had very limited seats and many applicants. (Which makes me wonder, why the heck are they teaching English Literature if almost all the people in that program are actually trying to get into the writing program instead? Why don’t they just make the English Literature program smaller, and EXPAND the writing program? This makes more sense.)
Mainly taken from the pages of Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, where Jenkins laboured for many years, the works depict more than 100 of the most famous and infamous characters in politics, showbiz and the arts over the past few decades. Nixon, Reagan and Blair are there, along with Dubya and his crew of neo-maniacs; there’s Elvis in the surreal guise of Canada’s favourite schoolgirl, Anne of Green Gables (this month’s cover image), Jagger in full leer, a sulky Joni Mitchell, and Canada’s favourite victim-in-his-own-mind Conrad Black.