We'll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night: A Novel by Joel Thomas HynesWe'll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night: A Novel by Joel Thomas Hynes

We'll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night: A Novel

byJoel Thomas Hynes

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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A blackly comic and heart-rending odyssey by the inimitable author of Down to the Dirt

Scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir-crazy awaiting trial for an alleged assault charge involving his girlfriend, Madonna, and a teapot. Facing three to five years in a maximum-security prison, Johnny knows this might just be the end of the road. But when Madonna doesn’t show up for court due to a fatal accident, shell-shocked Johnny seizes his unexpected “clean slate” as a sign from above and embarks on an epic hitchhiking journey across Canada to deliver her ashes to a fabled beach on the outskirts of Vancouver.

Johnny’s wanderings see him propelled in and out of the driver’s seat of stolen cars, knocking heads with cagey cops, nearly decapitated by a moose, coming face-to-face with his incarcerated biological father in a Kingston jail, and finding surprising connections with strangers on the lonely road west. But most of all, he revisits the choices and mistakes of his past—his relationships with his adoptive father and a cousin who meant the world to him, and his first real chance at love with the woman who is now lost to him.

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night is the story of one man’s kicking-and-screaming attempt to recuperate from a life of petty crime and shattered relationships, and somehow accept and maybe even like the new man emerging from within, the one he so desperately needs to become.

Title:We'll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.64 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443447838

ISBN - 13:9781443447836


Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow I really enjoyed this book. Reading for fun and everything else is gravy.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Appearances don't tel the whole story If I spied Johnny Keough coming toward me along a dark street, I'd probably be tempted to cross to the other side. He's had a tough life and isn't about to take crap from anyone. As I was reading the opening chapters of this book, I questioned whether I would finish. It's not the type of story I generally read. I decided that I would push myself out of my comfort zone and keep reading. I needed to know why this book was awarded the Governor General's prize in 2017. Johnny is hard to like. He talks tough and acts tough. Inside, he does have a soft spot which is why he rescued an elderly couple from their burning home. I kept reading and looking for him to change his life around. He just couldn't do it for long. It seemed that every time he was doing well, that life would extract a very stiff price, almost as a penalty. Author Joel Thomas Hynes slowly reveals nuggets of information regarding Johnny's past. Most were events with fairly grim outcomes. His best days always involved his dear cousin Mikey. Unfortunately for Johnny, Mikey committed suicide weeks before the start of this novel. As Johnny continued on his quest that was taking him across the country, his luck seemed on a downward spiral. As he sunk lower, an assortment of well meaning people tried to help him, but he wouldn't/couldn't let them. His past lead him to know that he couldn't trust people. As unlikeable as Johnny was, I found that by the last few chapters, the tears were pouring down my cheeks and I felt an over whelming need to mourn for the lost possibilities of the life that Johnny could have lived if only some one had loved and cared for him. I am so glad that I did continue reading. It has made me question the lives of others and how little control they could have on the events that control their life. #indigoEmployee
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Brilliant! This is a book I suspect I will never get out of my mind. Happy, sad, comic, ultimately tragic. A great story coming from Newfoundland. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!! Really a terrific book! So pleased I followed through on the advise of a friend...
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gritty read I read this book a week ago and could not put it down. I bought it because it was on the Giller longlist. I had read the shortlist books and the Giller winner and wanted to read more. I had to reread the first few pages of this novel three times before I understood the way it is written. Then I was hooked! I absolutely loved it! It reminded me a bit of 'A Million Little Pieces' by James Frey, for some reason. Perhaps it was the abundance of F-words or the reference to drugs and alcohol. Who knows? My favourite part of this novel was the chapter at the Best Western. I laughed and loved it! I also loved the ending. The problem with reading a novel like this is that all subsequent books don't compare. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Amazing Newfoundland dialect... true side of Newfoundland rarely expressed. A book of recovery and reflection... sometimes we have to leave where we're from to find ourselves. Iconic Canadian road story. Enjoy
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I liked this book, good read.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Very happy to have read the novel
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful book - could be challenging if you do not speak Newfie/Cape Bretoner I particularly enjoyed this book as the story was emotionally gripping but also the way it was written is unique - often the sentence construction and phonetic approach to words left me actually with the sensation of hearing the wonderful lilt of the Newfoundland accent. That being said, for those not from Atlantic Canada I could see this posing a bit of a challenge. Worth a shot no matter where you are from as the language used borders on musical.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my thing I'm an avid reader of mostly business books and historical fiction. I tried to exapand my horizons with this book and I'm slighly upset that I did. I hated everything about this book. I found it hard to read, having to re-read pages at a time due to the colloquial language. If "grit" is what you like, then by all means, buy this book. It's not my thing, though.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! This was bought as a gift for my wife and she couldn't put it down. Amazing writing and worth ever penny spent!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Great plot, characters and writing style. Enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-11-15

Editorial Reviews

“Some fictional characters explode into your imagination and won’t let you be. . . . Hynes’ writing is coarse and musical and completely absorbing, even addictive. He can’t write a sentence that doesn’t crackle or sing. Every page convinces.”