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ECW Press Spring 2022 Trade

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The Punishing Journey of Arthur Delaney
A Novel
By (author): Bob Kroll


ECW Press - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jun 07, 2022
$22.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 in

Page Count:

200 pages
ECW Press
FICTION / Historical / Civil War Era
Fiction: general and literary|Family life fiction|Historical fiction|1861–1877 (American Civil War period and the era of Reconstruction)
  • Short Description
A 19th-century family saga, is about a father’s love as expressed through his twenty- year quest across Canada and the U.S. to find his three children.

For readers of Paulette Jiles and Gil Adamson, a 19th-century tale of a father’s greatest regret and path to redemption

Devastated at his wife’s death and stricken at raising two girls and a boy on his own, Arthur Delaney places his children in a Halifax orphanage and runs off to join the Union Army in the American Civil War. The trauma of battle and three years in a disease-ridden prisoner-of-war prison changes his perspective on life and family.

After the war, Delaney odd-jobs his way up the American east coast and catches a schooner to Halifax. There he discovers the orphanage has relocated to a farm in rural Nova Scotia. His children are not there. They and others had been sold and resold as farm workers and house servants through the Maritime provinces, as well as Quebec and Ontario. Their whereabouts is unknown. Arthur Delaney sets out on a punishing 20-year journey across Canada to find them.

This is a heartbreaking, beautifully told story of a father’s attempt to reconnect with his children

Sales and Market Bullets

  • The author drew from his own varied life experiences for inspiration — he has cut pulp, worked on an inshore fishing boat, worked the freight yards for Penn Central, and hiked in the Yukon and the Rockies.

  • “Kroll’s hard-boiled prose feels satisfyingly retro.” — Kirkus Reviews on Fire Trap

  • Tells the story of an epic post–Civil War journey with a uniquely Canadian perspective. Delaney travels through Halifax, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, and Connecticut.


  • Readers of Red at the Bone

  • Fans of epic-journey generational storylines

Bob Kroll studied history at Providence College and the University of New Brunswick. He worked on farms and in the woods before settling into a forty year writing career. His previous books include The Drop Zone, The Hell Of It All, and Fire Trap. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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