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Return of the Native
by Jonathan Butler

Return of the Native by Jonathan Butler

Genre(s): Fiction
Publish Date: March 30, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-55081-230-5
Softcover: $15.95

Price: CDN$16.95

Book Description
Kissing the big-city life goodbye, Udo Nomi returns to Newfoundland from Toronto for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a hero for his people to help free The Republic. In a comic, quasi-parody of the liberties taken by contemporary writers of historical fiction, Udo discovers the quagmires which exist in historical scholarship. The past is not so certain after all. Perhaps what really matters, Udo comes to learn, is the way we narrate the present and our own role in it.

A romp through downtown St. John's, blending the comic with the serious and farce with political sincerity, Return of the Native is a fast-paced, humorous novel about both what's been done to Newfoundland and what makes a Newfoundlander.


A rum-soaked remake of Thomas Hardy's classic, Jonathan Butler's Return of the Native staggers the streets of St. John's with its unlikely heroes on their quixotic quest to win the independence of their island home. Butler's unusual debut is honest, rough, emotional, and more than a little drunk, a Newfoundland novel with a mainland twist.
Nick Mount, author of When Canadian Literature Moved to New York

A sharp, smart, funny, whimsical first novel. Wayne Johnston

About the Author
Jonathan Butler, a native of St. John's, Newfoundland, and former co-editor of Descant, has published short fiction, poetry and essays in Canada and Taiwan. He has taught American literature and creative writing at the University of Toronto where he received a doctorate in 2001. He currently holds a tenured position in the department of English at Kainan University in Taiwan. Return of the Native is his first published novel.

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