Nominated by:

Provincial Resource Library, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Publisher of nominated edition:

Knopf, Canada

A World Elsewhere

Wayne Johnston    

2013 Longlist

Wayne Johnston returns to the territory of his #1 national bestseller The Colony of Unrequited Dreams with this sweeping tale of ambition, remorse and hope.

A World Elsewhere has all the hallmarks of Wayne Johnston’s most beloved and acclaimed novels: outsiders yearning for acceptance, dreams that threaten to overpower their makers, and unlikely romance. It is an astounding work of literature that questions the loyalties of friends, family and the heart. At the centre of this story is a mystery: the suspected murder of a child. This sweeping tale immerses us in St. John’s, Princeton and North Carolina at the close of the nineteenth century. Landish Druken is a formidable figure: broader than most doorways, quick-witted and sharp-tongued. As a student at Princeton, he is befriended by George Vanderluyden, son of one of the wealthiest men in America. Years later, when Landish and his adopted son turn to Vanderluyden for help, he invites them to his self-constructed castle and pulls them into his web of lies and deceit.

(From Author)

About the Author

Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St. John’s area of Newfoundland. His nationally bestselling novels include The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore’s Mansion. He lives in Toronto.

Librarian’s Comments

Two fully realised worlds of love and rejection; a poverty-stricken life in the early 20th century Newfoundland, followed by a claustrophobic existence in a gilded cage mansion in North Carolina. A World Elsewhere is a dramatic novel of big dreams and unlikely romance.

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