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The Divine Ryans

by Wayne Johnston

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list price: $19.95
category: Fiction
published: 1998
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada

In this beloved, bestselling novel which has been unavailable for some time, young Draper Doyle Ryan tries to come to terms with the mysterious death of his father as he struggles, in touching, comic fashion, with budding adolescence and the strange demands of his proudly eccentric family.

When first published in 1990, The Divine Ryans received unanimous critical praise and won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award; Wayne Johnston himself was hailed as one of Canada's most distinctive comic talents.

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Contributor notes

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.

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Editorial Review

"Johnston is an authentic comic genius.... His timing and pacing are impeccable. He knows how to ... create laughter out of a wonderful mixture of emotions."
The Montreal Gazette

"A very funny and fulfilling read."
The Globe and Mail
"Divine reading indeed ... a work of art in its powerful handling of everyday humour and sublime tragedy."
St. John's Sunday Express

"The Divine Ryans [has] heart, soul and brains.... An absolute stunner — achingly funny, needle sharp and packing an unexpected wallop."
Time Out (UK)

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