Emancipation Day

Paperback | July 30, 2013

byWayne Grady

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How far would a son go to belong? And how far would a father go to protect him?

With his curly black hair and his wicked grin, everyone swoons and thinks of Frank Sinatra when Navy musician Jackson Lewis takes the stage. It''s World War II, and while stationed in St. John''s, Newfoundland, Jack meets the well-heeled, romantic Vivian Clift, a local girl who has never stepped off the Rock and is desperate to see the world. They marry against Vivian''s family''s wishes--hard to say what it is, but there''s something about Jack that they just don''t like--and as the war draws to a close, the new couple travels to Windsor to meet Jack''s family.

But when Vivian meets Jack''s mother and brother, everything she thought she knew about her new husband gets called into question. They don''t live in the dream home that Jack depicted, they all look different from one another--and different from anyone Vivian has ever seen--and after weeks of waiting to meet Jack''s father, William Henry, he never materializes. 

Steeped in jazz and big-band music, spanning pre- and post-war Windsor-Detroit, St. John''s, Newfoundland, and 1950s Toronto, this is an arresting, heartwrenching novel about fathers and sons, love and sacrifice, race relations and a time in our history when the world was on the cusp of momentous change.

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With so many fantastic Canadian stories being written every year, it takes a special kind of insight - and bravery - to stand out from the crowd. Wayne Grady does just that with this tender, troubling debut novel, a story of family, identity, and tragic self-deception. With an honest but sympathetic voice, Grady gives us the story of Jack a...

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How far would a son go to belong? And how far would a father go to protect him? With his curly black hair and his wicked grin, everyone swoons and thinks of Frank Sinatra when Navy musician Jackson Lewis takes the stage. It's World War II, and while stationed in St. John's, Newfoundland, Jack meets the well-heeled, romantic Vivian Clift, a local girl who has never stepped off the Rock and is despe...

WAYNE GRADY is the author of fourteen highly-acclaimed books, including Breakfast at the Exit Cafe, Bringing Back the Dodo, and The Bone Museum. He is also the translator of fifteen novels from the French, and the editor of eleven anthologies of literary fiction and nonfiction. His writing has appeared in literary magazines, as well as in major newsstand magazines, including Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Canadian Geo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6.28 × 0.91 inPublished:July 30, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385677669

ISBN - 13:9780385677660

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