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Deer Life
By (author): Ron Sexsmith
9781459738775 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 16, 2017
$16.99 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 in 136 pages 22 B&W illustrations Dundurn
Dewey Divas and the Dudes Fall 2017 Pick 2017, Commended Loan Stars Top Pick 2017, Commended
A wicked fairy tale of witchcraft, bullying, revenge, and a mysterious bowler hat. Includes Ron’s own whimsical illustrations.

Deryn Hedlight was not having a very good day and it was about to get much worse. He’d read stories of witches as a boy, but never believed for a second they were true. That is, until an unfortunate hunting accident turns his world upside down. What seemed like an honest mistake leads to an altogether unexpected transformation. But poor Deryn wasn’t the only wronged character tied up in these gloomy circumstances and sinister forces.

Deer Life tells the story of a kind-hearted boy from Hinthoven and his mother_s undying love. Mostly though, it’s all about patience, friendship, and heroism where you least expect it.

  • A new fairy tale for grownups written in a classic style but with knowing humour and heart
  • Ron Sexsmith is a critically acclaimed singer and songwriter with an international following
  • Potential sales both from fans and curious book lovers
  • Ron has nearly 27,000 Facebook likes for his artist page and 24,000 Twitter followers; he is extremely active on Twitter, posting every day with either photos, puns, or YouTube videos of him performing cover tunes
  • Ron takes his visual way with words that usually is showcased in his award-winning music and applies it to whimsical yet serious story

Ron Sexsmith is an internationally acclaimed, Juno Award–winning recording artist. He spends most of his time writing songs, touring, and making records. Deer Life was mostly written on the road, during long drives and in dressing rooms and hotel rooms. Ron lives in Perth County, Ontario.

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Sexsmith’s novel has much the same effect as his music, conveying uncertainty with fearlessness and heart. - Publishers Weekly

It’s a bit Disney and a bit Dickens, and in the end, love conquers all. - Winnipeg Free Press

Written in jaunty prose that Neil Gaiman, Erin Morgenstern and Audrey Niffenegger fans will admire. - NOW

Deer Life is a charming tale with a lot of heart. - Literary Treats

There’s a sort of musical quality to Ron’s writing. - ReadingMaria

Full of mischief, magic, heroes, villains and the kind of lyricism you would expect to find from Sexsmith’s writing. - Lost in a Great Book

Whimsical, absurd, and entertaining indeed! - Brains, Books, and Brawn

A brilliant fairy tale that begs to be read. - Lost in the Rain

Simple, magical and entrancing - The Library of Pacific Tranquility

A tale that will entertain, amuse, and, yes, even educate. No small accomplishment for a writer. - Penguin Eggs


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