Canoes Full of Canada in Sussex Drive

Thank you to Random House Canada for sending me a copy of Sussex Drive: A (satirical!) novel in exchange for an honest review.

When the American elections finally ended, I realized two things: 1) I now know more about Ohio that I ever cared to know. 2) Canadian politics seem even duller now.

Linda Svendsen’s Sussex Drive taps in the world of Canadian politics and attempts to add emotion, drama and humour. There are moments of genius in Svendsen’s satirical novel which follow some curiously familiar characters and events: a Conservative Prime Minister and his wife who dream of a majority government, an African-Canadian Governor General and the inevitable proroguing of Parliament.

But as clever as Svendsen is with peppering Canadianisms throughout Sussex Drive, I just couldn’t finish it. There’s a frantic pace to the novel but not much of a plot. The characters are strangely annoying.

Sussex Drive is worth a flip through if not just for some of the hilarious references to Canadian culture. All the major players on Parliament Hill get a jab from the CBC to the Real Housewives of Hockey Players. But even Canadians get bored of making fun of themselves, eh?

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