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New Under the Sun

by (author) Kevin Major

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
Literary, Native American & Aboriginal, Historical
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    Sep 2011
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    Sep 2011
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    Aug 2010
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Needing a change, Shannon Carew takes a job in the National Parks system in Newfoundland and Labrador. The journey brings her life full circle, returning her to the birthplace she abandoned years before. As she makes new connections, and unearths old ones, Shannon learns the land holds many memories, stories of Maritime Archaic, the Vikings, the Basques, the Beothuk, and the Europeans who came after.


New Under the Sun is the work of a master storyteller.

About the author

Governor General Award winner Kevin Major has published 17 books, for both young people and adults. His first, Hold Fast, is considered a classic of Canadian young adult fiction, and was recently released as a feature film. No Man’s Land, about the Newfoundland Regiment in WWI, was published in 1995 to much acclaim. Major’s adaption has been brought to the stage by Rising Tide Theatre for more than a dozen seasons.A history of Newfoundland and Labrador: As Near To Heaven By Sea was a Canadian best-seller and finalist for the Pearson Non-Fiction Prize. Ann and Seamus, a verse novel, was shortlisted for a total of ten awards. It has since been turned into an opera, which has been performed internationally. New Under the Sun, the first in a trilogy of historical novels for adults and called “well written, nuanced, and compelling” by Canadian Literature, was nominated for an Atlantic Book Award.John Moss, writing in “A Reader’s Guide to the Canadian Novel,” has said, “Kevin Major is among the best Canadian writers of his generation. He has established himself as a figure of singular importance in our literature.”

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  • Short-listed, Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Book Award
  • Short-listed, Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction

Editorial Reviews

“All the elements of the perfect summer read.”

Open Book Toronto

“A good fast read and a lazy way to get to know the history of this exotic province.”

The Sun-Times

"A gripping, even poetic, narrative of survival ... Major's verbal play is delightful, especially to a reader like me, who appreciates fine rhetoric and a good pun."

The Globe and Mail

"Each narrative strand is compelling in its own way ... A skilful work of fiction."

Quill and Quire

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