Praise for The Colony of Unrequited Dreams:
"The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is an indispensable masterpiece. It reshapes and animates history with luminous verisimilitude. Every page of Wayne Johnston’s stunning novel displays the highest regard for his reader’s intelligence and for the art of writing itself…Mr. Johnston has genius in him, and I think haunting, unmitigated, uncanny vision and grace."
"This splendid, entertaining novel is both a version of David Copperfield transposed to twentieth-century Newfoundland and an evocation of vanished ways of life in a place caught in tumultuous political changes. Rich and complex, it offers Dickensian pleasures."
"A novel of cavernous complexity that nevertheless does not overwhelm the reader, who can repose in pure narrative."
–Luc Sante, New York Times Book Review
"As absorbing as fiction can be-and a marvelous introduction to the work of one of our continent’s best writers."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Wayne Johnston is a brilliant and accomplished writer, and his Newfoundland–boots and boats, rough politics and rough country, history and journalism–during the wild Smallwood years is vivid and sharp."
"Grand and operatic…this brilliantly clever evocation of a slice of Canadian history establishes Johnston as a writer of vast abilities and appeal."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A mighty accomplishment: Here’s a novel that is as much a tale of two people as it is a history of the harsh, odd, and ultimately fascinating land from which they hail. There is indeed more to Newfoundland than salt cod and tundra, and Johnston brings it all to life."
–Chris Bohjalian, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"A long, impassioned, absorbing novel…bravura storytelling."
–Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World
"A capacious, old-fashioned summer hammock of a book–the kind you fall into, enchanted, and hate to leave…I wouldn’t have missed the trip for anything."
–Dan Cryer, Newsday