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Joyner's Dream

by Sylvia Tyson

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | March 14, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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Joyner’s Dream is the sweeping story of a family and its dubiouslegacy: an abiding love of music coupled with a persistentknack for thieving. Beginning in England in the 1780s,continuing in Halifax at the time of the Great Explosion, andending in Toronto in the present, eight larcenous generationsfrom all walks of life—craftsmen and highwaymen, aristocratsand servants, lawyers and B-movie actors—are connected bymusic, a secret family journal and one long-lived violin. Whenthe branches of the family are reunited and lingering secretsare revealed, we have come full circle in a hugely satisfying andsurprising tale.

This multi-generational story—told in a spellbinding seriesof historical voices—abounds in such rich social detail andsharply rendered characters, it affords the deep reading pleasuresto be found in the novels of Charles Dickens and ThomasHardy.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.12 in

Published: March 14, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554684951

ISBN - 13: 9781554684953

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Joyner's Dream

by Sylvia Tyson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.12 in

Published: March 14, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554684951

ISBN - 13: 9781554684953

From the Publisher

Joyner’s Dream is the sweeping story of a family and its dubiouslegacy: an abiding love of music coupled with a persistentknack for thieving. Beginning in England in the 1780s,continuing in Halifax at the time of the Great Explosion, andending in Toronto in the present, eight larcenous generationsfrom all walks of life—craftsmen and highwaymen, aristocratsand servants, lawyers and B-movie actors—are connected bymusic, a secret family journal and one long-lived violin. Whenthe branches of the family are reunited and lingering secretsare revealed, we have come full circle in a hugely satisfying andsurprising tale.

This multi-generational story—told in a spellbinding seriesof historical voices—abounds in such rich social detail andsharply rendered characters, it affords the deep reading pleasuresto be found in the novels of Charles Dickens and ThomasHardy.

About the Author

For eighteen years, SYLVIA TYSON was one half of the internationally renowned folk duo Ian and Sylvia, who shared a manager with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band and Janis Joplin. Their hits included “Four Strong Winds,” written by Ian, and (for the group We Five) “You Were on My Mind,” written by Sylvia. Sylvia has recorded ten solo albums since the duo split in 1975, and since 2000 has been recording and performing with the group Quartette. She has also had a distinguished radio and television career, both in music and in documentaries. Sylvia Tyson is a member of the Order of Canada and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She lives in Toronto.

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"We always knew Sylvia Tyson was a wonderful storyteller in song. Turns out that's true for the page, too. Joyner's Dream is a square-dance of family history. The partners change, but music courses through it all like blood. I was swept away by Sylvia's sweeping saga. This is one good read!"
– Shelagh Rogers, O.C., host of CBC Radio’s “The Next Chapter” ()
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