Return of the Native

Author: Jonathan Butler
Genre: Fiction
Dimensions: 12 × 8 × 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: May 1, 2007
ISBN: 1-55081-230-0
EAN: 978-1-88081-230-5

Kissing the big-city life goodbye, Udo Nomi returns to Newfoundland from Toronto for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a hero for his people, to help free The Republic.

In a comic, quasi-parody of the liberties taken by contemporary writers of historical fiction, Udo discovers the quagmires which exist in historical scholarship. The past is not so certain after all. Perhaps what really matters, Udo comes to learn, is the way we narrate the present and our own role in it.


“A rum-soaked remake of Thomas Hardy’s classic…Butler’s unusual debut is honest, rough, emotional, and more than a little drunk, a Newfoundland novel with a mainland twist.”

– Nick Mount, author of When Canadian Literature Moved to New York

” A sharp, smart, funny, whimsical first novel.”

– Wayne Johnston, award-winning author of The Colony of Unrequitted Dreams, and The Story of Bobby O’Malley

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