Baltimore's Mansion

Baltimore's Mansion

A Memoir

By Wayne Johnston; Alice Van Straalen (Editor)

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385720304, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2001


In this loving memoir Wayne Johnston returns to Newfoundland-the people, the place, the politics-and illuminates his family's story with all the power and drama he brought to his magnificent novel, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.

Descendents of the Irish who settled in Ferryland, Lord Baltimore's Catholic colony in Newfoundland, the Johnstons "went from being sea-fearing farmers to sea-faring fishermen." Each generation resolves to escape the hardships of life at sea, but their connection to this fantastically beautiful but harsh land is as eternal as the rugged shoreline, and the separations that result between generations may be as inevitable as the winters they endure. Unfulfilled dreams haunt this family history and make Baltimore's Mansion a thrilling and captivating book.

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).