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Land Beyond the Sea
By (author): Kevin Major
Kevin Major

Imprint:

Breakwater Books - St. John's

ISBN:

9781550817522

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
May 10, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.5 x 0.5 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

272 pages
BWB
Breakwater Books
FICTION / Historical / World War II
Fiction: general and literary|Fiction: general and literary
 
Canada Book Award 2020, Winner Next Generation INDIE Book Award, Historical Fiction 2020, Short-listed Best Atlantic-Published Book Award 2020, Short-listed
**CANADA BOOK AWARD WINNER**
**NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST, HISTORICAL FICTION**
**BEST ATLANTIC-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD FINALIST**

In the small hours of October 14, 1942, a German U-boat sank the passenger ferry SS Caribou in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Of the 237 people on board, 136 perished, including 49 civilians. In Land Beyond the Sea, bestselling author Kevin Major reimagines the events of that fateful night from the perspectives of both those aboard the doomed vessel and the German U-boat commander who gave the order. With his characteristically sharp, evocative prose style, Major delivers an epic work of historical fiction, detailing a life-and-death conflict in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Land Beyond the Sea is a powerful and empathetic testament to the acts of destruction and the acts of heroism carried out in the name of home.

Governor General Award winner Kevin Major is the author of twenty-two books—fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and plays. His first novel, Hold Fast, is considered a classic of Canadian young adult fiction, and was adapted into a feature film. As Near To Heaven By Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador was a Canadian bestseller. His work has been translated into several languages, including German, Spanish, Catalan, and Hebrew. One for the RockTwo for the Tablelands, Three for Trinity, and Four for Fogo Island are the first four books in Major’s popular series of crime novels. He and his wife live in St. John’s. They have two grown sons.

“…a startlingly good feat of historical fiction.” - The Miramichi Reader

"Meticulously researched and seamlessly blended historical fact and Kevin Major's fiction, Land Beyond the Sea was a great read." - Atlantic Book Reviews

"It's immediately apparent that Major did a lot of research to write this book. His most casual descriptions are strikingly authentic and the focus is wide-ranging. Whether standing on the bridge of the Caribou or peering through the periscope of U-69, the reader is plunged into the surroundings... Land Beyond the Sea is a crackling read that invokes both sympathy and empathy for the people on both sides of the conflict. It's quite an achievement on Major's part." - Denise Flint, Downhome Magazine

"[Kevin Major] describes the protagonists of both sides, Germans and allies alike, with great empathy . . . his approach is profoundly humanistic." - Christian Adam, German scholar and author of "Lesen unter Hitler (Reading under Hitler. Authors, bestsellers, readers in the Third Reich)", in afterword of German translation, "Caribou"

“Seeing the island [of Newfoundland] for the first time, the German [commander, Ulrich Gräf,] is captivated by its coastline and 'lofty cliffs indomitable'; he wants to roam the island with a sketchbook, an appreciation that will likely endear him to Newfoundland readers.” - Tracy Whalen, Canadian Literature

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