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on 17 March 2011
This book took me to places I didn't know existed. People and the lifestyles in the provinces of Labrador & Newfoundland in Eastern Canada are so different to anything I have ever known, that initially I even wondered what time period the story was set in. It stated clearly that baby Wayne was born in 1968, but the hardship of his parents' life could have easily been a reflection of a 19th century rural life. The descriptions of the landscape, people's mentality, the climate and life in general were so detailed and beautifully written, I really felt that I'd been taken on a journey to a new country.
The characters around Wayne came to life, and I cared for each one, particularly his childhood friend Wally Michelin. Thankfully, the author gives recurring insights into the various characters' lives so that the reader isn't left to wonder what happens to them later on, or why they acted in a certain way; this changing third person narrative worked wonderfully, and even if there wasn't much action in terms of the storyline, the character development was compelling enough, and the very difficult subject matter of a hermaphrodite born into a rural, conservative environment handled sensitively. The book reminded me at times of the movie "Boys don't cry" but without the brutal visuals, and thankfully with a happier ending.
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