The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

By Wayne Johnston
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385495431, 592pp.)

Publication Date: May 2, 2000

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A mystery and a love story spanning five decades, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is an epic portrait of passion and ambition, set against the beautiful, brutal landscape of Newfoundland. In this widely acclaimed novel, Johnston has created two of the most memorable characters in recent fiction: Joey Smallwood, who claws his way up from poverty to become New Foundland's first premier; and Sheilagh Fielding, who renounces her father's wealth to become a popular columnist and writer, a gifted satirist who casts a haunting shadow on Smallwood's life and career.

The two meet as children at school and grow to realize that their lives are irreversibly intertwined, bound together by a secret they don't know they share. Smallwood, always on the make, torn between love of country and fear of failure, is as reluctant to trust the private truths of his heart as his rival and savior, Fielding--brilliant, hard-drinking, and unconventionally sexy. Their story ranges from small-town Newfoundland to New York City, from the harrowing ice floes of the seal hunt to the lavish drawing rooms of colonial governors, and combines erudition, comedy, and unflagging narrative brio in a manner reminiscent of John Irving and Charles Dickens. A tragicomic elegy for the "colony of unrequited dreams" that is Newfoundland, Wayne Johnston's masterful tribute to a people and a place establishes him as a novelist who is as profound as he is funny, with an impeccable sense of the intersection where private lives and history collide.




About the Author
Wayne Johnston is the author of several novels. He has won many prestigious awards for his work including the "Books in Canada" First Novel Award for his debut novel, "The Story of Bobby O'Malley", the Canadian Authors Association Award for Most Promising Young Writer, and the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award for "The Divine Ryans". Both "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" and "The Navigator of New York" spent extended periods of time on bestseller lists in Canada and have also been published in the US, Britain, Germany, Holland, China and Spain. "Colony" was identified by the "Globe and Mail" newspaper as one of the 100 most important Canadian books ever produced (including both fiction and non-fiction).
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