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First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston
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Jun 05, 2018 | ISBN 9780735274921 | 856 Minutes

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“Few writers today rival Newfoundland’s Wayne Johnston’s sheer power to astonish. . . . [First Snow, Last Light] recalls, perhaps, a nostalgia that many still harbour of an independent Newfoundland, but at the heart of it is a love-hate relationship with The Rock. This is a wondrous book.” —Toronto Star
“[A] clear examination of the heart and its deepest wants. . . . [First Snow, Last Light] is a leisurely account of the warping of personality by loss, and a cracking mystery at the same time. . . . The novel’s strength is in its wrenching honesty; love here is persistent and uncertain, never knowing quite where to land, but always trying. Johnston has Newfoundland itself mirror this idea when it joins Confederation in 1949 after trying to go it alone, which led to ‘self-caused destruction.’ His historical touch is light, and he’s especially good on early twentieth-century social mores, particularly the enormous pressure to conform. . . . It’s also a compelling whodunit, with tension spun out across much of its length.” —Alix Hawley, author of All True Not a Lie in It, The Globe and Mail
“[Johnston’s trilogy of Newfoundland novels] are rich in geographical and historical detail, to the point where Newfoundland itself is as important a character as the protagonists.” —Atlantic Books
“[Johnston’s] Sheilagh Fielding is one of the great characters of all time.” —Linden MacIntyre, author of The Only Café, Winnipeg Free Press

“Newfoundland is a brand on the soul of the people in this novel. Wayne Johnston weaves a compelling mystery into a sweeping saga of the heart. And amid a cast of terrific characters, Fielding is a signal achievement.” —Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Adult Onset and Fall On Your Knees


BMO Winterset Award FINALIST 2018

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award LONGLIST 2019

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