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by (author) William Neil Scott

NeWest Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
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When Emma Brodie, local prophet and mother of three, steals a boat and exiles herself to the middle of the bay for seven days and seven nights, she sets about a chain of strange events in the sleepy village of Garfax – a village no longer listed on any official government document. Radios begin to speak secrets, a rainstorm occurs that lasts for months, a young boy dies mysteriously after following the dictates of his heart, and Caleb Anson, the village's prodigal son, returns after a long absence with a grand design to bring Garfax into "the future." This magic realist tale, where dead relatives play dominoes in the houses of their loved ones, is told by Emma's youngest son, Oswald, a shy, observant boy living in the shadow of his charismatic famiy. Wonderfull tells the stories of Garfax – which has become a legend to outsiders – and reveals how this village's unlikely past catches up to its inevitable future.

About the author

William Neil Scott was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, but spent the majority of his life in Calgary, Alberta. Scott completed a BA Honours Degree in English, with a Concentration in Creative Writing, at the University of Calgary. He is currently finishing a writing course at the Vancouver Film School. He has worked in a variety of jobs to finance his education, including being a framer, a painter, a geological soil sampler, and a data delivery technician.

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  • Winner, London Reads Competition
  • Short-listed, Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
  • Winner, Trade Fiction Book of the Year at the Alberta Book Publishing Award

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