What Does The Outlander Sound Like?

By now you've probably heard of Gil Adamson's The Outlander. It won the ReLit Award for best novel and the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and was a Globe & Mail best book of the year. Most recently it was a selection on CBC's Canada Reads.

Although it's been cursed with the "oh I'm so serious and literary and Canadian" sepia cover, it is NOT your typical Canadian literary novel. It isn't weighed down with mind-numbing historical detail, or 10 plots layered on top of each other, or characters bred into stoicism through the severity of life on the Canadian shield.

Nope, instead you get one young female killer, possibly insane, fleeing the crime scene, her husband's family hot on her tracks. We can't be sure of the Gothic rendering of the Canadian landscape through Mary Boulton's eyes nor of her portrayal of what has happened. Is she really the hunted or the hunter? Nothing is absolute in The Outlander nor is anything safe. The two twin brother tracking Mary are hulking, creepy fellows; the cast of characters Mary encounters born and bred eccentrics, freaks and weirdos.

This strange, scary, topsy-turvy novel deserves a playlist just as alternatively placid, fearful, torn, desirous and beautiful. Here it is:

Shitlist - L7
Sheena is a Parasite - The Horrors
Owl - I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
Inertia Creeps - Massive Attack
I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It) - My Bloody Valentine
Where Is My Mind? - Pixies
Plants & Rags - PJ Harvey
He Lied About Death - The Stars
Shadows on the Mountainside - Tea Party
Beautiful Mind - The Verve
Damage - Yo La Tengo
There Is No Escape - Raised by Swans
Hunter - Bjork


Bjork - Hunter
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