Whether intentional or not, the awkward poetry sequences end up being a lovely illustration of what a spiritual panacea writing poetry can be. Writing poetry seems to have been comforting and clarifying for at least one of the characters brushed by Cedric in his earthly and unearthly travels. By the same token, whether intentional or not, the at best glancing connections from chapter to chapter are a form of mourning for connections lost or never really made.
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam - This short story collection interweaves the lives and experiences of four young medical students and physicians. Canadian Literature praised the collection as "entertaining and rewarding": http://canlit.ca/reviews/doctors_in_distress Trent University has adopted the book for Trent Reads in fall, 2013: http://www.trentu.ca/newsevents/newsDetail.php?newsID=4574
A, by André Alexis packs an incredible amount to enjoy and ponder in its infectious 74 pages.
"More than the direct and intimate access to the author, though, this book's energy can be attributed to the thrill of witnessing a mind at work, an intellect creating truly original, even rebellious, thought." - Angie Abdou praises Workbook: Memos & Dispatches on Writing by Steven Heighton
Miracles of Ordinary Men by Amanda Leduc. This is the story of two unlikely dreamers: Sam, a man who wakes up one day to find himself growing wings, and Lilah, a woman who has lost her brother to the streets of Vancouver.