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The Ballad of Samuel Hewitt

by Nick Tooke

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list price: $19.95
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published: Dec 2019
ISBN:9780889844278
publisher: Porcupine's Quill
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Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, a young horse thief and his unlikely accomplice are pursued through the forbidding landscape of the BC interior. There they encounter villains, drifters and fiercely insular circus folk in a profound tale of friendship, forgiveness and finding home.

About the Author
Nick Tooke

Nick Tooke was born in the UK, emigrated to Vancouver Island in 1982, and has since lived in Vancouver, Montreal, Tucson, Edmonton, Toronto and Niagara on the Lake-in that order. He now lives in Cayuga, Ontario, with his wife and daughter. The Ballad of Samuel Hewitt is his first novel.

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Editorial Review

'Tooke lightens the tone of this heavy plot in several engaging ways. For one, the banter between Samuel and Charleyboy, and among the men they encounter in the hobo jungle, for example, is rich with orality, particularly through tall tales in the tradition of Bowering, Robert Kroetsch, and others. He also takes full advantage of the carnivalesque elements of the circus to intersperse magic realism into the story.

'Perhaps what engaged me most, as a long time student of literature of the BC Interior, is the landscape that Tooke re-creates. The desert aridity is more than a backdrop for the poverty and injustice the characters experience. The BC Interior comes alive with sockeye so plentiful "you can walk across their backs in the shallows" (p. 33); hoodoos and petroglyphs; and "the heady scent of wet sagebrush" (p. 19). The Ballad of Samuel Hewitt, Tooke's debut novel, is a rich addition to British Columbian literature that is place-based.'

— The Ormsby Review

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