Emulating the circuitous tales told by his mother's relatives, the Goodyears of Newfoundland, David Macfalane weaves the major events of the island's twentieth century--the ravages of tuberculosis; the great seal-hunt disaster; the bitter Confederation debate, and above all, the First World War--into his own tale of the ill-starred fortunes of his family. He brings to life a multi-generational cast of characters who are as colourful as only Newfoundlanders can be. With humour, insight, and genuine love for those heroes and charlatans, pirates and dreamers, he explores the meaning of family and the consequences of forgotten history.
David Macfarlane is the author of the bestselling novel Summer Gone, which was shortlisted for the 1999 Giller Prize. He is a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail and has won six gold National Magazine Awards as well as a National Newspaper Award and the Author's Award for Magazine Writing.
"An altogether remarkable, frequently funny, genuinely moving, and utterly original book."—Jan Morris
"I've just discovered The Danger Tree and am stunned. It is so good. [It's] about the best prose ever to come out of this country, for my money."—Alice Munro
"[David Macfarlane’s] Newfoundland memoir, The Danger Tree, is easily one of the most readable and beautifully written books to emerge from Canada in recent years." —Mordecai Richler, Saturday Night
"The Danger Tree is a masterpiece. David Macfarlane is an architect of the past, building extraordinary memory mansions in which the reader feels eerily at home." —Alberto Manguel
"The Danger Tree is absolutely riveting: an extraordinary mixture of history, memory, fiction, and technique that succeeds at every level. I was touched, I was exhilarated, and I was thrilled to read a book that has risen to the challenge of recording Canada’s past, the past in all our hearts." —Michael Ignatieff
"Macfarlane's debut is an auspicious one for a country that now, more than ever in its history, needs popular authors who can turn the past into stories that illuminate the present." —Maclean's
"Wry, informative, and deeply moving ... the literary tour de force of the year." —Philip Marchand, The Toronto Star
"Splendid!" —New York Times
Praise for Summer Gone:
"Summer Gone is a homage to our most excruciating and beautiful memories. Within this novel is the marvellous height of summer, perfect and fleeting, a place and time we can never get enough of." --The Globe and Mail
"Summer Gone is a novel about telling stories — one that merges fiction and truth, past and present, memory and action, into one dangerous and beautiful current." --The Calgary Herald
"Summer Gone is a summer vacation in the north woods, with all that implies to you the reader." --Winnipeg Free Press