Behind the Face of Winter by H. Nigel ThomasBehind the Face of Winter by H. Nigel Thomas

Behind the Face of Winter

byH. Nigel Thomas

Paperback | January 1, 2001

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Pedro Moore leaves the nuturing yet destitute home of his grandmother on Isabela Island to join his mother Isis, who works as a domestic in Montreal. Pedro brings with him the memories of his island, the teachings of his beloved grandmother and Brother Solomon, and a desire to know the secret identity of his father. The world of the poor black youth he has to negotiate, without losing himself, is hopelessly desperate, cruel and violent, and riddled with crime, yet paradoxically caring, within its own conventions.

Behind the Face of Winter is a coming-of-age novel that takes place in a Montreal in which immigrant youth totter on the edge of self-destruction and oblivion. Thomas's language is spare, and his craking dialogue and use of patois can compare wit the best in Caribbean literature. This is a brilliantly evocative novel, sure to leave its mark on the reader.

H Nigel Thomas was born in St Vincent. He attended university in Montreal and for ten years was a teacher with the Protestant School Boardof Greater Montreal. He is now a professor of literature at Laval University. His published works include the novel Spirits in the Dark, which was short-listed for the 1994 Quebec Writers' Federation...
Title:Behind the Face of WinterFormat:PaperbackPublished:January 1, 2001Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0920661955

ISBN - 13:9780920661956

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"...the starkest, most distressingly honest, thus unforgettable, account of the Caribbean-Canadian experience yet written." - Montreal Gazette"...a hard story, sometimes despairingly bleak, but it is also undeniably beautiful...worth reading - and rereading..." - Quill & Quire