Like Annie Proulx and Wayne Johnston, Kenneth J. Harvey has set a gripping, universal tale in an isolated outport village. That outport is Bareneed, Newfoundland, home to a vivid cast of characters who come down with a mysterious breathing disorder. As the illness progresses, its victims fall into silence and are gripped by dark thoughts and urges. The people who can still fish find that their nets are full of bizarre creatures—the incarnation of legendary beasts that existed in the village’s tales for generations. Gradually, the only safe havens in Bareneed are the homes where people gather to gossip and tell stories—keeping their imaginations blazing and their centuries-old culture intact. In writing that is realistic and full of humour and humanity, Harvey unleashes a brilliant and unstoppable story.
“The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is a gripping story, the work of an extravagantly haunted imagination.” —J.M. Coetzee, winner of the Booker Prize for Disgrace
“Harvey is obviously a writer of prodigious talent ... His stories go into a world somewhere beyond David Adams Richards or Alistair MacLeod, so far into the bush that you feel yourself watched as you read them.” —Globe and Mail
“The Town that Forgot How to Breathe is a tour de force. It speaks of the sea: of those who are upon it, beside it, beneath it. Ken Harvey is as knowledgeable as he is adventurous. An exceptional novel, extraordinary in its power.” —Alistair MacLeod
“One of the most important voices in the coming decade of Canadian writing.” —Timothy Findley
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