The Strangers’ Gallery

Paul Bowdring

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ISBN: 9781771080262

The Strangers’ Gallery

  Author:   Paul Bowdring    

St. John’s archivist Michael Lowe’s life is turned on its head when a Dutch acquaintance, Anton Aalders, arrives on his doorstep in 1995. Anton is searching for a father he never met, ostensibly a Newfoundland soldier who was part of the Allied forces that liberated the Netherlands at the end of the Second World War. Anton’s visit stretches from a few days to a few months, reluctant as he is to go in search of his father, and keen to learn as much as he can about Newfoundland, its history, and its people. Rabble-rouser and ardent Newfoundland patriot Brendan “Miles” Harnett, Michael’s friend and sometime bugbear, is obsessed with his own search for the lost “fatherland” of Newfoundland, which relinquished its political independence in 1934. Miles is only too eager to teach Anton—and Michael—the shameful, forgotten history (as he sees it) of the lost country of Newfoundland. The Strangers’ Gallery is a finely crafted, at times humorous, novel about the painful search for identity—both political and personal.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title:9781771080262
Item NB1103
Published onSeptember 24 2013
Language eng
Pages 360
Format Paperback
Dimensions9.25(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight546(g)
Paul Bowdring is the author of three previous novels, The Roncesvalles Pass, The Night Season, and The Strangers’ Gallery, the latter the winner of the BMO Winterset Award and a nominee for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He has worked for many years as an English teacher and editor. He was a longtime editor of TickleAce magazine and is currently an associate editor with The Fiddlehead. He lives in St. John’s, NL.

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Mister Nightingale is a profound and hilarious meditation on the lives of artists... The pages of this novel are layered with humor and insight, but perhaps most rewarding are Bowdring's veteran grace and skill. For aspiring writers and for the initiated, for the successful and for the defeated, this is a novel that should be read and read closely... Anyone who takes the time to read [Bowdring's] novels will be richer for the experience. —Antigonish Review (NS)

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