A love story in reverse.
double talk tells the story of Violet Budd and Brian (Baby) Power, two characters fleeing from their past. Brian is ambling after an immigrant’s dream, and Violet is desperate to ditch her middle-class origins for something more earthy and bohemian. Their contrary social and geographical flight paths intersect in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the early 1980s, where, for a time, they find love, sex and a safe haven in each other.
No happy-ever-after story, double talk follows Violet and Brian over a fourteen-year period, as the ordinary pressures of life bring to the surface the many differences that exist between them. double talk is a coming-of-age novel, a love story and an examination of social class and its mysterious codes.
WINNER OF THE PERCY JANES FIRST NOVEL AWARD
About the Author
“double talk is more than a simple he-said/she-said account of a doomed marriage. It’s an exhilarating (and sometimes terrifying) look at the murky complexities that lie under the surface of all relationships.”
–Michael Crummey, author of Galore, River Thieves, and The Wreckage
“double talk walks the double walk, as Warner masterfully and compassionately dissects the relationship of Violet and Brian. double talk begins at the end, ends in the middle, and keeps you engrossed throughout – a tour de force of the novelist’s art.”
–Larry Mathews, author of The Artificial Newfoundlander
“Whether he’s dealing with the shadow of a mosquito or a journey through the shadow of the valley of death, Warner never skimps on the compassionate intelligence a writer owes his subjects. And then there’s the humour, great lashings of it.”
–Susan Rendell, author of In the Chambers of the Sea
“double talk is a haunting and heart-bruising tale of searching out love only to shred it on the sharp edge of human failing. With an unmatched gift for description and exceptional insight, Warner writes about people in a way that makes you run to the mirror and take a long, hard look.”
–Leslie Vryenhoek, author of Scrabble Lessons
"The Newfoundland banter is spot on, as is the domestic tension that hangs like St. John's fog."
-Mike Landry, Telegraph-Journal
"I'm glad someone has finally written a story about the grimey late 80s in downtown St. John's. The book is a brilliant examination of a doomed relationship."
-Angela Antle, On the Line Magazine
"In this often racy story which spares us little in the way of detail, Warner crafts a satisfying first novel - simultaneously funny and sad, and, at times, wrenching. Highly recommended."
-Darrell Squires, the Western Star
"It moves. It's a page turner."
-Joan Sullivan, the Telegram
"While at times dark and brooding, double talk is also hilarious, and expertly told with a fistful of hardy writing that is sleek, precise and altogether sexy."
-Kerri Cull, The Book Fridge
"Throughout the novel, Warner’s use of dark humour and aphoristic insights pair well with the universality [of] this story, and spares it from being maudlin, and also renders it distinct from similar stories."
"All in all an interesting, if not wholly satisfying, read."
- Denise Flint, Downhome Magazine
"The book's cover is a fitting harbinger of the doom to follow [...] Warner does not disappoint."
- Sharon Hunt, the Chronicle Herald
Patrick Warner was born and raised in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland. He moved to Newfoundland in 1980 in search of better weather and economic prosperity. Bitterly disappointed on both counts, he turned to poetry, penning three critically acclaimed collections between 2001 and 2009. double talk is his first novel. He currently lives in downtown St. John’s with his wife, Rochelle, and two daughters, Annie and Greta.