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Wayne Johnston:
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
Wayne Johnston
  The Colony of Unrequited Dreams  
Wayne Johnston    
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  Written in a headlong, erudite, narratively propulsive style reminiscent John Irving, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams uses real characters and events from 20th century Newfoundland history to tell a complex, involving and finally moving story of overmastering ambition and thwarted love. Parts of the book are very funny, others almost literally spectacular. Johnston's prose winds itself into a fantastically elaborate plot, full of anonymous letters and stunning coincidences, epic journeys and thwarted loves, fierce rivalries and shocking revelations, virtuoso set pieces and secrets of the greatest consequence to the characters' lives; it carries you unwaveringly along from the first page to the last.

Wayne Johnston is a Canadian novelist, Toronto-based, Newfoundland-born, who has heretofore been unpublished and unknown in the United States. Where once he has before been taken to be a Canadian version of Roddy Doyle, here he seems to be channeling the late Robertson Davies. A grand, sweeping tragicomic love story spanning five decades of twentieth-century Newfoundland history, Johnston's is fiction on the grand 19th-century scale but recognizably modern as well, all of it animated by his erudition, control and gently sardonic humor.

In this issue of Bold Type you will find an excerpt from The Colony Of Unrequited Dreams, plus an exclusive essay by Wayne Johnston.
 
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