The Year Of Broken Glass by Joe DenhamThe Year Of Broken Glass by Joe Denham

The Year Of Broken Glass

byJoe Denham

Paperback | April 20, 2011

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Joe Denham's debut novel The Year of Broken Glass follows struggling crab fisherman Francis "Ferris" Wichbaun's journey across the Pacific Ocean to deliver a legendary glass fishing float to an enigmatic, high-paying collector. Against a backdrop of worldwide seismic devastation, Ferris is forced to confront increasing concern for his two families--his wife Anna and their son Willow, and his girlfriend Jin Su and their baby daughter Emily--as well as pervasive feelings of disappointment and disillusionment. In the midst of his contemplation, he becomes entangled in both a romantic affair with his travelling companion and an ancient legend that seems to offer the possibility of redemption.

Denham's poetic background is evident in the novel's entrancing imagery and thematic complexity, yet in his transition to prose he has also succeeded in crafting a unique, unpredictable plot and intriguing, sincerely rendered characters. Haunted by environmental degradation and human suffering, Denham affixes the carefree Wedding Guest in all of us with his glittering prose and weaves a story that is both sobering and compelling.
Joe Denham is the author of four collections of poetry, including Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions, 2015), which won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. Denham is also the author of a novel, The Year of Broken Glass. His work has appeare...
Title:The Year Of Broken GlassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:326 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 20, 2011Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889712522

ISBN - 13:9780889712522

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The pervasive metaphoric layers in The Year of Broken Glass bolster the story and character development without tipping into the overwhelming or feeling forced. Denham has created unforgettable, strongly sculpted characters and a cinematic sweep of dramatic circumstance and plot that will stick with the reader for a long time.