Saltwater Joys is set in Ireland's Eye, a ghost town located on the edge of Newfoundland and Labrador—one of hundreds of fishing outports forced to resettle during the province's confederation with Canada. The grave consequences of resettlement for the people and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador are illuminated in this intimate tale of one family's experience across two generations.
In the fall of 1965, John Lee, a young fisherman, makes a tragic decision that changes the course of his life, pushing him to a self-imposed exile and to the brink of insanity. Twenty years later, John must face the demons of his past when a young woman ventures to the rocky shores of Newfoundland in search of her roots.
This work of literary fiction explores themes of love, suffering, survival and redemption through two parallel love stories—love for a woman and love for a province. The reader will come to know Newfoundland and Labrador and all it has to offer in its vast natural beauty, poetic language, close-knit communities, bountiful hospitality, ghost stories, folklore and colourful culture. Saltwater Joys is a mournful and haunting story that will surely captivate and call you home.
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About the Author
Dianna has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Calgary and is currently a student at St. Mary’s University, Calgary, completing her Bachelor of Education degree in the spring of 2019. She has completed an Intensive Style and Grammar clinic offered through the University of Calgary, and has taken Advanced Fiction Writing courses through the University of Athabasca.
She was born in Gander, raised in Kelligrews, Newfoundland, and currently resides in Calgary with her husband and two sons. She loves to play the piano, to write poetry, and to read and write fiction. The sequel to 'Saltwater Joys' is written and soon ready for editing, and Dianna is also working on another literary fiction novel situated in the farthest remote community of the Canadian Artic.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite Saltwater Joys by Dianna Brown begins in the 1960s in Ireland's Eye, a town situated on the edge of Newfoundland and Labrador. During the controversial Confederation with Canada which centralized people into growth areas, the inhabitants of this fishing outpost were offered relocation to the mainland with the promise of jobs and a better life. All but one of the inhabitants eventually make the move. One remaining resident refuses to go and barely survives the harsh climate and lonely existence. Events from the past come back to haunt him and he suffers physically as well as mentally during his enforced isolation. This is a novel about the intense love of one couple and a family torn apart from a once close-knit coastal community. Dianna Brown writes a deeply haunting saga of the lasting repercussions of a community's relocation to the mainland. This is a dark tale of grief and torment suffered by one of the remaining inhabitants. I loved the ethereal quality surrounding the main character's solitary existence in this rugged outpost. His dark thoughts and ghostly encounters were often enigmatic, giving me the feeling of otherworldliness and things beyond my understanding. There was a fierceness surrounding this man's loss which was superbly depicted. The novel was wrapped up in a well thought out and satisfying ending. Saltwater Joys is a rich narrative providing a glimpse into the lives of remote communities and local characters which are all but lost to imperious government policies. Books like this allow us to glimpse the past and wonder.