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Fiction Literary

The Wards

by (author) Terry Doyle

Breakwater Books Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jul 2022
Literary, Family Life, Coming of Age, Marriage & Divorce
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    Publish Date
    Jul 2022
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    Jun 2022
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***2023 NL READS – FINALIST***

The Wards are a working-class Newfoundland family on the cusp of upheaval. The children are becoming adults, the adults are growing old, and the new dog was probably stolen. When a sudden illness forces the Wards together, can they finally learn to be close-knit?

This unsettling, at times hilarious novel explores the instability of nuclear families and the depths of dysfunction.

Family is family—you don’t get to choose.

So what, exactly, do you get to choose?

About the author

Terry Doyle is from the Goulds, Newfoundland. His first book, Dig, was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction, the ReLit Award for Fiction, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award for Fiction, and the Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Award.


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  • Short-listed, NL Reads
  • Long-listed, BMO Winterset Award

Editorial Reviews

“[A] first novel, this one concerning the evocatively surnamed working-class family in present-day St. John’s. Consistently, the characters are revealed and constructed through attitudes and actions, never explicitly described. We don’t really know what they ‘look’ like, but we can see them.”

The Telegram

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