Wonderfull by William ScottWonderfull by William Scott

Wonderfull

byWilliam Scott

Paperback | October 1, 2007

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When Emma Brodie, local prophet and mother of three, steals a boat and exiles herself to the middle of the bay for seven days and seven nights, she sets about a chain of strange and wonderful events in the sleepy village of Garfax--a village no longer listed on any official government document. Radios begin to speak secrets and unintended confessions, a rainstorm occurs that lasts for months, a young boy dies mysteriously in the surrounding woods after following the dictates of his heart, and Caleb Anson, the village's prodigal son, returns after a long absence with a grand design to bring Garfax into 'the future'.

This magic realist tale, where dead relatives play dominoes in the houses of their loved ones, is told by Emma's youngest son, Oswald, a shy, observant boy living in the shadow of his charismatic family. Wonderfull tells the story of Garfax--which has become the stuff of legends to outsiders--and reveals how this village's unlikely past catches up to its inevitable future.

William Neil Scott was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, but spent the majority of his life in Calgary, Alberta. Scott completed a BA Honours Degree in English, with a Concentration in Creative Writing, at the University of Calgary. He is currently finishing a writing course at the Vancouver Film School. He has worked in a variety of jobs to...
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Title:WonderfullFormat:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.65 inPublished:October 1, 2007Publisher:Newest PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897126190

ISBN - 13:9781897126196

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from William Neil Scott's Wonderfull lives up to title You know when you finish a book and immediately mourn it because it’s over? That’s what has just happened to me with William Neil Scott’s novel, Wonderfull (NeWest Press, 2007). When I heard Neil read as part of the Snare the NeWest tour at Max Middle’s A B Series a while back, I knew I had to get the book. He read the opening chapter and I could tell the man had a gift for telling a story, and boy was I right. In Wonderfull, we hear about the town Garfax, which can be found on no map, and its eccentric inhabitants. There are stories and stories within stories. The book is full of wonder, yes wonder, and magic and light and twists. The characters are compelling. There is Emma Brodie, the mother of Oz or Oswald, our main character, and the story of when Emma went to water. There is Oswald’s brother Maddox who wants to be fireworks and Quill Lake, and Lizzie the one armed taxi driver and there is the return of the town’s prodigal son. There is the Anson Mansion split into five pieces. There are the forefathers and that interesting twist, which you have to get the book to find out about. Wonderfull simmers with stories and compassion and surprises that are sustained throughout the whole novel. All of this in rich and beautiful, lyrical language. Neil told me at the pub after the reading that he couldn't get into poetry, that poetry was not something he could write. But I have the temerity to say that he is wrong. He does write poetry. It’s all the way through his novel. On this really bleak November day, I urge you to get yourself a copy of this book. If I gave out xmas gifts, I’d be buying it as a gift for friends. I might just do that anyway. It’s the best book I’ve read in 2007 and right up there with my favourite books ever. William Neil Scott...remember that name. He is wonderfull with two Ls.
Date published: 2007-11-23