In deluded your sailors, Michelle Butler Hallett brings her wry humour and imagination to two distinct and interwoven stories, embracing both the eighteenth-century New World and contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador. Past and present spark off each other to ignite whirling fires in the lives of her flawed and darkly-drawn characters.
“_deluded your sailors_ is a convoluted, genre-hopping behemoth that tracks back three centuries via damaged characters’ oral storytelling, court documents, and other loose ephemera. Structurally the novel is akin to the work of English writer David Mitchell, with its cavalcade of rowdy personalities plunging deep into a rabbit hole of disparate, yet somehow interconnected, storylines. ... Hallett deserves credit for her immense vision. The novel’s form may be challenging because its underlying quest6ions are formidable: How much of who we are is defined by our collective past? What if that past is a lie, a forgery? What solace can be found in sailing the shifting seas of memory? ... _deluded your sailors_’ imaginative breadth and stylistic inventiveness more than compensate for the occasionally rough ride.”