Saltwater Cowboys (Paperback)

By Dayle Furlong

Dundurn Group, 9781459721975, 272pp.

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

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Description

After generations of prosperity in the mining town of Brighton, Newfoundland, Jack and Angela McCarthy find themselves jobless. In order to keep his family together, Jack accepts a job in a gold mine in the wilds of northern Alberta.

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Arriving in Foxville, the McCarthys find themselves resented, bullied, and cast as outsiders. When Jack's best friend, Peter, is swindled out of his savings and resorts to stealing from the mine, his attempts at reversing their fortunes thrust both families into even deeper torment.

A powerful, poetic novel dealing with the effects of poverty, the harshness and beauty of Canada's north, the perils of theft, and the timeless value of community and family among displaced Newfoundlanders, Saltwater Cowboys is a classic cautionary tale that presents a stark glimpse into the lives of families struggling to survive in unfamiliar terrain.


About the Author

Dayle Furlong is originally from Newfoundland and currently lives in Toronto. She studied Literature and Fine Arts at York University, and Creative Writing at Humber College, where she was granted an Award of Merit Fellowship for Fiction from the Summer Literary Seminar in 2011. Her first book of poems, Open Slowly, was called "reminiscent of '70s feminist-Atwood" by Governor General's Award-winning poet George Elliott Clarke.