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Author Name:    JOHNSTON, Wayne

Title:   Son of a Certain Woman. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed

Publisher:    Knopf Canada, 2013, ISBN:9780345807892 

Seller ID:   108590

JOHNSTON, Wayne. The Son of a Certain Woman. [Toronto]: Knopf Canada, (2013). First Printing. Pp. (8),[3]-435,(7). 8vo, brown paper covered boards, tan paper covered spine, pressed decoration to front cover, copper lettering to spine. "From one of Canada's most acclaimed, beloved storytellers: 'The Son of a Certain Woman' is Wayne Johnston's funniest, sexiest novel yet, controversial in its issues, wise, generous and then some in its depiction ofhumanity. Percy Joyce, born in St. John's, Newfoundland, in the fifties is an outsider from childhood, set apart by a congenital disfigurement. Taunt ed and bulled, he is also isolated by his intelligence and wit, and his unique circumstances: an unbaptized boy raised by a single mother in a fiercely Catholic society. Soon on the cusp of teenagehood, Percy is filled with yearning, wild with hormones, and longing for what he can't have -- wanting to be let in... and let out. At the top of the wish list is his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Everyone in St. John's lusts after her -- including her sister-in-law, Medina; their paying boarder, the local chemistry teacher, Pops MacDougal; and...Percy. Percy, Penelope, and Pops live in the Mount, home of the city's Cat holic schools, andmost of its clerics, none of whom are overly fond of the scandalous Joyces despite the seemingly benign protection of the Archbishopof Newfoundland himself, whose chief goal is to bring 'little Percy joyce' into the bosom of the Church by whatever means necessary. In pursuit of th at goal, Brother McHugh, head of Percy's school, sets out to uncover the truth behind what he senses to be the complicated relationships of the Joyce household. And indeed there are dark secrets to be kept hidden: Pops is in love with Penelope, but Penelope and Medina are also in love -- an illegal relationship: if caught, they will be sent to the Mental, and Percy, already an outcast of society, will be left without a family. 'The Son of a Certain Woman' brilliantly mixes sorrow and laughter as it builds toward an unforgettable ending. Will Pops marry Penelope? Will Penelope and Medina be found out? Will Percy be lured into the Church? It is a reminder of the pain of being an outsider; of the sustaining power of love and the destructive power of hate; and of the human will to triumph." - from the dust jacket. Very good in unclipped dust jacket. Signed without inscription by Johnston on the title page. 25.00


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