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Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller PrizeFrom Emma Hooper, acclaimed author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James, a People magazine "Pick of the Week," comes a "haunting fable about the...
Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller PrizeFrom Emma Hooper, acclaimed author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James, a People magazine "Pick of the Week," comes a "haunting fable about the...
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  • Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
    From Emma Hooper, acclaimed author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James, a People magazine "Pick of the Week," comes a "haunting fable about the transformative power of hope" (Booklist, starred review)
    in a charming and mystical story of a family on the edge of extinction.
    Newfoundland, 1992. When all the fish vanish from the waters and the cod industry abruptly collapses, it's not long before the people begin to disappear from the town of Big Running as well. As residents are forced to leave the island in search of work, ten-year-old Finn Connor suddenly finds himself living in a ghost town. There's no school, no friends, and whole rows of houses stand abandoned. And then Finn's parents announce that they too must separate if their family is to survive.
    But Finn still has his sister, Cora, with whom he counts the dwindling boats on the coast at night, and Mrs. Callaghan, who teaches him the strange and ancient melodies of their native Ireland. That is until his sister disappears, and Finn must find a way of calling home the family and the life he has lost.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 13, 2018
    A family struggles to hold on to the only home it has ever known in this moving novel from Hooper (Etta and Otto and Russell and James). The Connor family lives in Big Running, Newfoundland, an oceanside village that has fallen on hard times after the fish have mysteriously disappeared. Parents Aiden and Martha both grew up in Big Running and decided to stay with their adolescent children, Cora and Finn, when the other families began to move away. To support the family, Aiden and Martha alternate months caring for the children and working at an energy plant north of Big Running. With little to hold their attention, Cora and Finn find their own projects: Cora restyles abandoned houses in the theme of countries she dreams of visiting; Finn investigates the local plant life and begins to formulate a theory about the missing fish. When the government halts public services and advises residents to leave the desolate town, the Connors must make drastic choices if they wish to cling to their way of life. With stark prose, Hooper captures the desperation and difficulty of life on the edge of civilization while maintaining the foundation of tenderness as her characters take care of one another in the face of near-insurmountable struggle. Heartbreaking and empathetic, Hooper’s fine novel is a haunting evocation of changing times and the power of place.

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