Nominated by:

Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries, Canada

Publisher of nominated edition:

Killick Press,  Canada

The Last Half of the Year

Paul Rowe    

Jason Dade, quixotic hero of this 1970s coming-of-age novel, is on a quest.

He must decipher cryptic signs on his journey to meet an elusive figure known only as The Man. His father, Saul Dade, broods restlessly at home, helpless to intervene. Their interwoven narratives include idyllic descriptions of rural childhood, the grim spectre of war, the harsh realities of leaving the nest … and finding the way back home.

The Last Half of the Year renews the age-old configuration of innocence and experience in this, at times, darkly humorous story of a father and son whose lives cast shadows over one another across time.

It is a book about generations, the passage of time, and the reckless and resilience of youth.

 About the author

Paul Rowe is a writer, actor, and teacher born in Point Verde, a small coastal community on Newfoundland and Labrador’s Avalon Peinsula. He has written, directed, and performed extensively during a theatre career spanning three decades. In 2015 he was a member of the acting company at the Stratford Festival. The Last Half of the Year is his second novel. His first novel, The Silent Time, was a finalist for the 2008 Winterset Award. Paul Rowe lives in St. John’s.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

One of the best three Newfoundland novels published in 2016.

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