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The son of a certain woman /
Wayne Johnston.
imprint
Toronto : Knopf Canada, c2013.
description
435 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0345807898 (Cloth), 9780345807892 (Cloth)
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imprint
Toronto : Knopf Canada, c2013.
isbn
0345807898 (Cloth)
9780345807892 (Cloth)
catalogue key
8943699
 
Issued also in electronic format.
Purchase; DSO; 2013; RB310285.
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Praise for A World Elsewhere : #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER. Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A Globe and Mail Best Book. "Often comic, often poignant--such is the storytelling art of Wayne Johnston.... [He] has created a wonderfully realized world." -Canadian Literature
Praise for A World Elsewhere : "Revel in one of the funniest books that will move you to a deeper sense of the poignancy of human experience." --T.F. Rigelhof, The Globe and Mail (Best Book) "Johnston belongs to the Roberston Davies school of Canadian writing, an engagingly erudite literary style that is rooted in history, fact and cross reference, offering a dramatic contrast to the brilliant intimacies of Alice Munro, concerned as they are with family and the respective failures of love and life.... Johnston is a natural teller of complex, textured narratives.... This is a grand and glorious Gothic romance, an ice palace of a novel." --Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times "Witty and tender." --The Telegram
Praise for A World Elsewhere : #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER. Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A Globe and Mail Best Book. "Often comic, often poignant--such is the storytelling art of Wayne Johnston.... [He] has created a wonderfully realized world." --Canadian Literature
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Summaries
Main Description
Here comes Percy Joyce. From one of Canada's most acclaimed, beloved storytellers: The Son of a Certain Woman is Wayne Johnston's funniest, sexiest novel yet, controversial in its issues, wise, generous and then some in its depiction of humanity. Percy Joyce, born in St. John's, Newfoundland, in the fifties is an outsider from childhood, set apart by a congenital disfigurement. Taunted and bullied, he is also isolated by his intelligence and wit, and his unique circumstances: an unbaptized boy raised by a single mother in a fiercely Catholic society. Soon on the cusp of teenagehood, Percy is filled with yearning, wild with hormones, and longing for what he can't have--wanting to be let in...and let out. At the top of his wish list is his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Everyone in St. John's lusts after her--including her sister-in-law, Medina; their paying boarder, the local chemistry teacher, Pops MacDougal; and...Percy. Percy, Penelope, and Pops live in the Mount, home of the city's Catholic schools and most of its clerics, none of whom are overly fond of the scandalous Joyces despite the seemingly benign protection of the Archbishop of Newfoundland himself, whose chief goal is to bring "little Percy Joyce" into the bosom of the Church by whatever means necessary. In pursuit of that goal, Brother McHugh, head of Percy's school, sets out to uncover the truth behind what he senses to be the complicated relationships of the Joyce household. And indeed there are dark secrets to be kept hidden: Pops is in love with Penelope, but Penelope and Medina are also in love--an illegal relationship: if caught, they will be sent to the Mental, and Percy, already an outcast of society, will be left without a family. The Son of a Certain Woman brilliantly mixes sorrow and laughter as it builds toward an unforgettable ending. Will Pops marry Penelope? Will Penelope and Medina be found out? Will Percy be lured into the Church? It is a reminder of the pain of being an outsider; of the sustaining power of love and the destructive power of hate; and of the human will to triumph.
Main Description
Wayne Johnston's next #1 bestseller brings us back to his home landscape of St. John's with a richly entertaining and wise coming-of age story that is also his funniest, sexiest novel yet, controversial in its issues, contemporary and then some in its depiction of humanity, reminiscent of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany . Here comes little Percy Joyce, born in St. John's in the '50s, an outsider afflicted from birth with a congenital disfigurement but a regular boy on the cusp of teenagehood, fillled with yearning, wild with hormones, longing for what he can't have, for wanting to be let in...and let out; and his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Every man in St. John's lusts after her, inlcuding her sister-in-law Medina, her paying border, Pops MacDougall, with whom she carries on an affair of convenience--and Percy. They live in the Mount, home of the city's Catholic schools and most of its clerics, including the Archbishop of Newfoundland and the villainous Brother McHugh who will go to any lengths to bring Penelope and her unbaptized boy into the bosom of the Church. But there are darker secrets: Penelope and Medina's love is an illegal relationship in that time: if caught, they will be sent to the mental hospital, and Percy will be left alone. Will they be found out? Will Percy sleep with Penelope? Will Percy be lured into the Church? This rich, generous novel reminds us that we all long to be let in, to be loved, and that we can't always have, but sometimes do get, what we want.
Main Description
Here comes little Percy Joyce, born in St. Johns in the 50s, an outsider afflicted from birth with a congenital disfigurement but a regular boy on the cusp of teenagehood, fillled with yearning, wild with hormones, longing for what he cant have, for wanting to be let in...and let out; and his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Every man in St. Johns lusts after her, inlcuding her sister-in-law Medina, her paying border, Pops MacDougall, with whom she carries on an affair of convenience--and Percy. They live in the Mount, home of the citys Catholic schools and most of its clerics, including the Archbishop of Newfoundland and the villainous Brother McHugh who will go to any lengths to bring Penelope and her unbaptized boy into the bosom of the Church. But there are darker secrets: Penelope and Medinas love is an illegal relationship in that time: if caught, they will be sent to the mental hospital, and Percy will be left alone. Will they be found out? Will Percy sleep with Penelope? Will Percy be lured into the Church? This rich, generous novel reminds us that we all long to be let in, to be loved, and that we cant always have, but sometimes do get, what we want.
Main Description
Here comes little Percy Joyce, born in St. John's in the '50s, an outsider afflicted from birth with a congenital disfigurement but a regular boy on the cusp of teenagehood, fillled with yearning, wild with hormones, longing for what he can't have, for wanting to be let in...and let out; and his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Every man in St. John's lusts after her, inlcuding her sister-in-law Medina, her paying border, Pops MacDougall, with whom she carries on an affair of convenience--and Percy. They live in the Mount, home of the city's Catholic schools and most of its clerics, including the Archbishop of Newfoundland and the villainous Brother McHugh who will go to any lengths to bring Penelope and her unbaptized boy into the bosom of the Church. But there are darker secrets: Penelope and Medina's love is an illegal relationship in that time: if caught, they will be sent to the mental hospital, and Percy will be left alone. Will they be found out? Will Percy sleep with Penelope? Will Percy be lured into the Church? This rich, generous novel reminds us that we all long to be let in, to be loved, and that we can't always have, but sometimes do get, what we want.
Main Description
Here comes Percy Joyce. From one of Canadas most acclaimed, beloved storytellers: "The Son of a Certain Woman "is Wayne Johnstons funniest, sexiest novel yet, controversial in its issues, wise, generous and then some in its depiction of humanity. Percy Joyce, born in St. Johns, Newfoundland, in the fifties is an outsider from childhood, set apart by a congenital disfigurement. Taunted and bullied, he is also isolated by his intelligence and wit, and his unique circumstances: an unbaptized boy raised by a single mother in a fiercely Catholic society. Soon on the cusp of teenagehood, Percy is filled with yearning, wild with hormones, and longing for what he cant have--wanting to be let in...and let out. At the top of his wish list is his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Everyone in St. Johns lusts after her--including her sister-in-law, Medina; their paying boarder, the local chemistry teacher, Pops MacDougal; and...Percy. Percy, Penelope, and Pops live in the Mount, home of the citys Catholic schools and most of its clerics, none of whom are overly fond of the scandalous Joyces despite the seemingly benign protection of the Archbishop of Newfoundland himself, whose chief goal is to bring "little Percy Joyce" into the bosom of the Church by whatever means necessary. In pursuit of that goal, Brother McHugh, head of Percys school, sets out to uncover the truth behind what he senses to be the complicated relationships of the Joyce household. And indeed there are dark secrets to be kept hidden: Pops is in love with Penelope, but Penelope and Medina are also in love--an illegal relationship: if caught, they will be sent to the Mental, and Percy, already an outcast of society, will be left without a family. "The Son of a Certain Woman "brilliantly mixes sorrow and laughter as it builds toward an unforgettable ending. Will Pops marry Penelope? Will Penelope and Medina be found out? Will Percy be lured into the Church? It is a reminder of the pain of being an outsider; of the sustaining power of love and the destructive power of hate; and of the human will to triumph.

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