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Reviews, Awards & Accolades


"Even once you’ve read the last page, you’re still enthralled ... hoping there’s more book to read because you’re not ready to say goodbye to the characters… "

~ The Minerva Reader's review of We All Will Be Received

"Vryenhoek's prose is bright and accessible, the novel fast-paced and compelling,
and there is a startling originality to all of it." 

~ Kerry Clare's review of Ledger of the Open Hand at Pickle Me This


"Leslie Vryenhoek's spare, elegant prose entertains, shocks and surprises."

~ Joan Clark, author of An Audience of Chairs

"Ledger of the Open Hand succeeds in its page-turning persuasiveness."

~ Carlyn Schellenberg, The Winnipeg Review 

Awards & Nominations

"The writing  ... is flowing and descriptive, with some images so beautiful you know they've come from the mind of a serious wordsmith."

Kerri Cull, The Overcast

"Some authors show you well-rounded lives in their stories; Leslie Vryenhoek takes you inside the skin."

Samuel Thomas Martin


"I stopped breathing. Shocked, without a trace of cheap thrill. Then I felt only gratitude for the creative leap."

Jim Bartley, Globe and Mail

"With Scrabble Lessons, Leslie Vryenhoek becomes a new literary voice that's helping to revitalize the Canadian short story."

Dave Williamson, Winnipeg Free Press

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