Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: September 26, 2000
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0676972977
ISBN - 13: 9780676972979
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I am foreborn of spud runts who fled the famines of Ireland in the 1830s, not a man or woman among them more than five foot two, leaving behind a life of beggarment and setting sail for what since Malory were called the Happy Isles to take up unadvertised positions as servants in the underclass of Newfoundland. Having worked off their indenture, they who had been sea-fearing farmers became seafaring fishermen and learned some truck-augmenting trade or craft that they practised during the part of the year or day when they could not fish. Their names. In reverse order: Johnston. Johnson. Jonson. Jenson...MacKeown. "Mac" in Gaelic meaning "son" and Keown "John." My father grew up in a house that was blessed with water from an iceberg. A picture of that iceberg hung on the walls in the front rooms of the many houses I grew up in. It was a blown-up photograph that yellowed gradually with age until we could barely make it out. My grandmother, Nan Johnston, said the proper name for the iceberg was Our Lady of the Fjords, but we called it the Virgin Berg. In 1905, on June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist and the day in 1497 of John Cabot''s landfall at Cape Bonavista and "discovery" of Newfoundland, an iceberg hundreds of feet high and bearing an undeniable likeness to the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared off St. John''s harbour. As word of the apparition spread, thousands of people flocked to Signal Hill to get a glimpse of it. An ever-gr
From the Publisher
Baltimore''s Mansion introduces us to the
Johnstons of Ferryland, a Catholic colony founded by Lord Baltimore
in the 1620s on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, and centres
on three generations of fathers and sons. Filled with
heart-stopping description and a cast of stubborn, acerbic, yet
utterly irresistible family members, it is an evocation of a time
and a place reminiscent of Wayne Johnston''s best fiction.
From the Jacket
Baltimore's Mansion introduces us to the Johnstons of
Ferryland, a Catholic colony founded by Lord Baltimore in the 1620s
on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, and centres on three
generations of fathers and sons. Filled with heart-stopping
description and a cast of stubborn, acerbic, yet utterly
irresistible family members, it is an evocation of a time and a
place reminiscent of Wayne Johnston's best fiction.
About the Author
WAYNE JOHNSTON was born and raised in the St. John''s area of
Newfoundland. His nationally bestselling novels include The
Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New
York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams,
which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film.
Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling
memoir, Baltimore''s Mansion. He lives in Toronto.
From the Hardcover edition.
From Our Editors
This mildly amusing historical non-fiction
novel by Wayne
Johnston follows the antics of a family living in the
1620s on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland. In Baltimore's
Mansion, three generations of stubborn, acerbic, yet
lovable family members as they struggle against the elements and
each other. This sweeping work received rave reviews from The Globe and Mail and The National Post. It was
also shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for non-fiction.
also the author of The
Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Divine Ryans.
"Incredibly moving, deeply personal and often hilarious."
-The Toronto Star
"A prodigiously talented author - Baltimore''s
Mansion ought to win a wide readership, especially among
those of us grasping after the meaning of our own fathers''
-The Globe and Mail
"Much more than a memoir - Johnston has used all the fictive
techniques he has mastered as a mature literary artist to shape the
materials of real life into a work of astonishing beauty and