Sunday, April 27, 2008

"The Custodian of Paradise"

One of my all-time favorite books is by author E. Annie Proulx.

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, which was so yummy that I devoured it twice, is in my top ten books of all time list.

Since the novel was set in Newfoundland, I assumed Proulx was Canadian. The author was in fact born in Connecticut, but studied history at both the University of Vermont and Montreal's Concordia University. She has homes in Wyoming and Newfoundland.

I've also read Margaret Atwood (
The Handmaid's Tale), Ann-Marie McDonald (Fall on Your Knees), Carol Shields (The Stone Diaries), Alice Munro (numerous) and still have yet to tackle Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor (I bought it 5+ years ago and maybe I'm waiting to read it in Stanley Park).

An author I'm not familiar with is Wayne Johnston, born in the St. John's area of Newfoundland 50 years ago. His sequel to
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is The Custodian of Paradise, and it's now out in paperback.

It continues the story of Newfoundland newspaper columnist Sheilagh Fielding. I best pick up
Unrequited Dreams and read that first.

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