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The Family Code

by (author) Wayne Ng

Publisher
Guernica Editions
Initial publish date
Jun 2023
Category
Literary, Family Life, Crime
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771837934
    Publish Date
    Jun 2023
    List Price
    $25.00

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Description

Every family has rituals and routines holding them together. But sometimes they are the very things that tear them apart. The Family Code is a gritty family drama featuring the troubled life of Hannah Belenko, a young single mother dogged by the brutality of past traumas and a code of silence that she must crack in order to be free—or else lose everything.

Hannah was raised by this code and rules her own family by it. When she loses her daughter to the state and her boyfriend threatens her, she flees from Ottawa to Halifax with her remaining son, six-year-old Axel. While she bulldozes her way through everything and schemes to protect him, Axel flounders in the chaos. He begins to doubt his mother and her dream of a way out. With her life crashing down, Hannah is driven by desperation to survive yet hangs on to elusive hope.

 

With unvarnished and high-voltage prose, The Family Code unabashedly reveals the power and perils of parenting, but also the longing and vulnerability of children.

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Editorial Reviews

Hannah and Axel’s story will break your heart. But it also stands as a timeless and stunningly textured testament to hope, redemption, and love. A must-read!

Hollay Ghadery, author of Fuse

Intricate plotting and sizzling dialogue show an imaginative master at work, narrating in dual points of view with authentic voices, sharp wit and deep sympathy.

Josip Novakovich, author of Rubble of Rubles and Man Booker Finalist

With the immediacy of a bruised throat, Wayne Ng’s compelling new novel The Family Code confronts us with an unsympathetic character with whom we sympathize, the baffled son she struggles to care for, and the tenacity of their hope in seemingly hopeless circumstances.

K.R. Wilson, author of Call Me Stan

Ng’s characterization is beautiful and utterly convincing. He writes with the perfect balance of grit and beauty, compassion and stark reality, always aware of his character’s motivations.

Danila Botha, author of Things that Cause Inappropriate Happiness, and For All the Men

Building on his years of social work, Ng has written a searing portrait of a family in crisis drowning in the complexities of love and unresolved pain.

Amy Tector, author of Speak for the Dead

The Family Code is a gritty and unflinching look at the devastating effects of intergenerational trauma. Wayne Ng has created vulnerable, damaged, and compelling characters that will resonate with me for a long time. Heartbreaking but also hopeful, this book put me through the wringer.

Bianca Marais, author of The Witches of Moonshyne Manor

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