- Author Bio
From the author of the critically acclaimed, prizewinning and internationally bestselling The Colony of Unrequited Dreams comes an epic family mystery with a powerful, surprise ending, which features the return of the ever-fascinating Sheilagh Fielding, one of the most memorable characters in fiction.
Ned Vatcher, only 14, ambles home from school in the chill hush that precedes the first storm of the winter of 1936 to find the house locked, the family car missing, and his parents gone without a trace. From that point on, his life is driven by the need to find out what happened to the Vanished Vatchers. His father, Edgar, born to a poor family of fishermen, had risen to become the right-hand man to the colony’s prime minister, then suffered an unexpected fall from grace. Were he and his wife murdered? Was it suicide? Had they run away? If so, why had they left their only child behind?
Ned soon finds himself enmeshed in another family, that of his missing father and the poverty from which the man somehow escaped. His grandparents, Nan and Reg, his Uncle Cyril and others, are themselves haunted by the inexplicable disappearance of a third Vatcher, a young man who was lost at sea on a calm and sunny day years earlier. Two other people loom large as Ned becomes Newfoundland’s first media mogul, building an empire to insulate him from loss: a Jesuit priest named Father Duggan, and Sheilagh Fielding, a boozy giantess who, while wandering the city streets at night, composes satiric columns that scandalize the rich and powerful. In Ned, Fielding sees a surrogate for her two lost children, the secret that dogs her life, while Ned believes the enigmatic Fielding to be his soulmate.
The novel builds to a spectacular resolution of the mystery of all the Vanished Vatchers. Only Wayne Johnston could create such larger-than-life, mythic characters embroiled in events that leave us contemplating not only their tragedies and triumphs, but the forces that compel us all to act in ways that surprise and sometimes terrify us.
Story Locale: Newfoundland, New York
BELOVED AUTHOR WITH A BESTSELLING TRACK RECORD: In terms of prize nominations and bestseller lists, Wayne Johnston is a consistent chart-topper.
MAXIMIZING THE YEAR OF WAYNE JOHNSTON: The stage play of Colony of Unrequited Dreams will tour, starting in January at the NAC in Ottawa, then on to London (ONT), Halifax and Newfoundland (western tour cities to come). Colony is also being developed for TV.
FIELDING: Wayne’s many fans are deeply invested in Fielding’s life, and here they’ll find a richly satisfying resolution.
COMPLETION: This masterful novel is the last in the loose Newfoundland trilogy that began with Colony and continued with The Custodian of Paradise. An exciting gift for Wayne Johnston’s many devoted readers.
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Praise for Wayne Johnston:
“There is more fabulous writing in just the first chapter of The Son of a Certain Woman by Wayne Johnston than in most entire books.”—Linwood Barclay
“His books are beautifully written, among the funniest I’ve ever read, yet somehow at the same time among the most poignant and moving.”—Annie Dillard
“Wayne Johnston is a brilliant and accomplished writer.”—Annie Proulx
“Wayne Johnston is a wondrous writer—of rich, irresistibly readable prose. He possesses a deft intelligence and a rare sense of what’s truly interesting to tell about life.”—Richard Ford