The Rest is Silence by Scott FotheringhamThe Rest is Silence by Scott Fotheringham

The Rest is Silence

byScott Fotheringham

Hardcover | April 13, 2012

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Shortlisted, Amazon.ca First Novel Award, Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award, and Ottawa Book Award

In the backwoods of Nova Scotia, a man has decided to slowly simplify his life and withdraw his presence from the world. He builds a cabin, plants a garden. He befriends the few people he can reach within biking distance. He strikes up a relationship with a beautiful Huron-Wendat woman afflicted with wanderlust and who may be as damaged an individual as himself. In fits and starts, he begins to recount a story to his new friends, a tale of youthful passions, of idealism and rebellion, of love and of science.

There is a reason for the man's self-enforced exile, one that has implications far beyond the confines of the forest. As news reports trickle in of a brewing environmental catastrophe on a global scale, the unsettling nature of his confession becomes clear. And the world will never be the same again.

Bold in themes, sensual in language, and astonishing in its implications, The Rest is Silence is a stunning achievement in literary fiction. Intimate in setting yet grand in scope, Scott Fotheringham has penned a frighteningly realistic portrait of the consequences we may all yet face for believing we had the right to crack open Pandora's box.

Scott Fotheringham used his experience as a research scientist in New York to write this novel. He holds a PhD from Cornell University in molecular genetics and a BSc from the University of Guelph. He left Manhattan and a life in science to live in the country. He now lives and writes near Ottawa, after a sojourn near Halifax. The Res...
Title:The Rest is SilenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 8.4 × 5.36 × 1.08 inPublished:April 13, 2012Publisher:GSELanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780864926562

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Rest Is Silence: A Review from The Bibliotaphe Closet The Rest Is Silence is an ambitious debut novel by Scott Fotheringham, a specialist who holds a PhD in molecular biology and genetics from Cornell University. But, don’t let that snippet of biography alarm or mislead you into thinking that Fotheringham can’t write literary fiction. He can. And he did. And won the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize prior to its publication. And rightly so. This debut novel, which makes The Rest Is Silence an even more spectacular success regardless of its acclaim through the H. R. Percy Prize award is an intelligent novel with a direct and easily readable tone about complex and serious issues—one of them, environmental activism gone obsessively wrong. This earthy book is so much more than about a man who exiles himself from the steel and concrete of a city’s metropolis and its polluted ambitions to the far reaches and backwoods of Margaretsville, Nova Scotia. Yes, the main character literally plants himself in the wilderness with a plot of land he purchased at a good price with nothing more than a camping tent at first, an outdoor stove in place of a kitchen, and a few bales of hay as chairs in an open space dining room. It’s solitude he seeks, a private isolation, and a peace and companionship with nature. But, his relationships with others also evolves as does his living quarters as he in his quest to build a life and home for himself, builds from his bare hands his own wooden cabin. There is such a beautiful, yet yearning grief that comes in and out of Scott Fotheringham’s story and narrative, your heart will swell with it like the gush of a tide. There are two parallel stories and two main narratives: “Bean” with his innate passion and love for nature and his compulsion to create for himself a utopian Eden of nature and personal paradise by surviving not only the old haunts of his past, but the harsh non-discriminatory elements and acts of the weather—and Benny with her resolute and scientific ambition to create a new form of genetically altered bacteria to digest plastic. To read the rest of my review, you may visit my blog, The Bibliotaphe's Closet: http://zaraalexis.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-rest-is-silence-a-review/
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A terrifying read! There’s a certain kind of book that scares the living daylight out of me. I’ve read dystopian books and post-apocalyptic books and I deal with them just fine, but it’s those books that deal more within the present day and with things that could actually happen that terrify me. Without a doubt, The Rest is Silence, by Canadian writer Scott Fotheringham, is one of those. Admittedly, the book starts off slow. We meet the main character who lives in a tent, surrounded by trees. We’re never introduced to him in the beginning, but I really liked him as a narrator. But wait! Hold on! Don’t write this off as a story about a guy in the woods, struggling to survive because it’s so much MORE than that. We’re also introduced to the story of the past, a story that the narrator is telling his friend Art about, about a girl, Benny, who wants to become a scientist so she can rid the world of plastic. The book takes place in Nova Scotia, where I’ve been lucky enough to travel to. Fotheringham writes the scenery beautifully, making me fall in love with the land. But in the same sense, he’s showing the reader such a horrible picture of mankind, about how we’ve mistreated the Earth to the point where there’s plastic everywhere that I shifted quite a few times in my seat, wondering just how many things in my life are made of plastic (read: EVERYTHING). It’s quite astonishing to read a book about something that is so present in our every day life. While there’s not a crazy amount of action taking place in the novel, there’s enough tension to keep any reader interested. There’s also quite a few plot twists that kept me reading — even when I knew I’d be running late and had to put the book down! The characters are also wonderfully written and very believable. I will admit that sometimes the scientific jargon goes way over my head, but in no way does that diminish the enjoyment of reading this book. I was lucky to get a copy of this book from the publisher to review — even though I put it off and put it off I was quite happy to finally dig into it! Once I finished, I wanted to go right back to the beginning and read it again. This is definitely a book that will stay with you — one you will think about for days after you finish reading. A great debut! Thanks to Goose Lane Editions for providing me a copy of the book for review!
Date published: 2012-07-22

Editorial Reviews

In the backwoods of Nova Scotia, a man has decided to slowly simplify his life and withdraw his presence from the world. He builds a cabin, plants a garden. He befriends the few people he can reach within biking distance. He strikes up a relationship with a beautiful Huron-Wendat woman afflicted with wanderlust and who may be as damaged an individual as himself. In fits and starts, he begins to recount a story to his new friends, a tale of youthful passions, of idealism and rebellion, of love and of science. There is a reason for the man's self-enforced exile, one that has implications far beyond the confines of the forest. As news reports trickle in of a brewing environmental catastrophe on a global scale, the unsettling nature of his confession becomes clear. And the world will never be the same again. Bold in themes, sensual in language, and astonishing in its implications, The Rest is Silence is a stunning achievement in literary fiction. Intimate in setting yet grand in scope, Scott Fotheringham has penned a frighteningly realistic portrait of the consequences we may all yet face for believing we had the right to crack open Pandora's box."At the heart of the novel lies an act of environmental activism. Rather than staging its geopolitical impact. Fotheringham unearths its roots and implications in the souls of his protaganists. Tender and thoughtful." — Dan Vyleta, author of The Quiet Twin