KEITH KAVANAGH lost his virginity at 13 to a woman twice his age. He met his girlfriend while pissing on the hood of her fatherís truck. He may have almost burned down the North Side of the Cove, his Newfoundland outport hometown, but not even his best friend knows for sure.
Hard-drinking, hard-fighting, hardticket hooligan Keith is the turbulent anti-hero of Down to the Dirt, the visceral first novel by writer and actor Joel Hynes. Following Keithóalong with his girlfriend Natasha, and reluctant best friend, Andy from the kitchens and basements of the Cove to the bars of St. Johnís and the alleys of Halifax, this is a stark and edgy chronicle of violence, drugs, sex and black humour. Hynes writes with a deft crispness and introspection that carries the authenticity of Keithís anger and self-destructive adventures. The winner of the 2003 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Associationís Percy Janes First Novel Award while still in manuscript form, Down to the Dirt marks the emergence of a powerful presence in the new generation of Canadian writers.
About the Author
JOEL HYNES comes from Calvert, Newfoundland, and now lives in St. Johnís. His award-winning first novel, Down to the Dirt, was originally published by Killick Press in 2003; the author also co-wrote an acclaimed stage adaptation of the book, called The DevilYou Donít Know, and is currently developing the novelówhich will also be published in the US and Serbiaóas a screenplay. Also an award-winning actor for both stage and film, Joel recently performed the role of Nick Crocker in the CBC television pilot Hatching, Matching and Dispatching. He is currently at work on a new novel about suicide-by-bartending in downtown St. Johnís.