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Apse the Gate: Honouring A Piece of Home

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One thing that is particular to Newfoundland and Labradorians is the theme of Home. While some may leave the province for a stint or even permanently, there is an attachment to the place they once knew and will always love. Shawn Anthony explores this idea in his debut novel Apse The Gate, looking through the eyes of a young boy who left Fogo Island as a child, but found himself back in his grandmother’s salt box house every summer. The book runs through Anthony’s life as his relationship with the island and his family grows. “In the book all those different transitions happen, and it compromises or jolts our idea of what home is and how that place has changed…

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All Good Intentions deals with familiar themes in Newfoundland History

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Johnson’s historical fiction trilogy begins in early 20th century Newfoundland incorporating features of pre-Confederation lifestyle, one well documented trend being the employment ofyoung outport girls as maids and cooks for rich families in St. John’s and the Boston States. Hannah Parsons, from fictional Falcon Cove on the Northeast Coast, is one such worker for wefirst met her on the eve of leaving the hamlet in From a Good Home. She had procured a position as a” serving girl” in the home of Virginia and Charles Sinclair, rich St John’s business people. Ironically, as the sequel, All Good Intentions, gets underway, the road leads back to Falcon Cove as Hannah’s daughter, Jeanne Sinclair drives there to reconnect with her birth mother. A…

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