The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes

Author: Bridget Canning
Genre: Fiction
Format: paperback
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 5.5 × 1 × 8.5 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: April 3, 2017
ISBN: 9781550816709

Could you face your greatest fears—and survive?

Wanda Jaynes is about to lose her job amidst a mountain of bills, and she suspects her musician boyfriend might be romantically interested in her friend, Trish. But Wanda’s life changes radically on a routine trip to the grocery store when a gunman enters the supermarket and opens fire. When Wanda comes face to face with the shooter, she instinctively hurls a can of coconut milk at his head and knocks him unconscious. In the ensuing media storm, she’s hailed as a hero and miracle worker. But in the aftermath of so much attention, she receives strange emails and believes she’s being followed. As her fear and paranoia grow, both her private and professional lives hang in the balance. And it takes another act of bravery before she’ll learn who she really is.


“Through her reluctant heroine, Canning explores the privacy impacts of the new necessity to keep up via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever. When does that participation equal surrendering our privacy?” – Newfoundland Quarterly 

The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is crafted with immediate, often urgent, writing, a satisfying read, and good work.” – The Telegram

“Bridget Canning is a fierce new talent.” – Lisa Moore

“Like an east-coast emotional weather report, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes exposes the sarcasm, humour, resentment, and friendship that protects the core of every heart. Bridget Canning lays bare the passel of emotions that emerge once ‘the juice is shaken out of you’.” Michael Winter

“An original and impressively entertaining read from cover to cover, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.” – Midwest Book Review

“…energetic and witty. The phenomenon of one, then two events changing a person’s life forever is believably handled and the dialogue is as punchy as an Atlantic nor’easter.” Atlantic Books Today

“Apologies to the characters in Come From Away, but Newfoundland has a new hero, and you can read about her debut adventure in Bridget Canning’s The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes… The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is a lot of fun – a noteworthy literary experiment that reflects upon disaster, social media, and our culture of instant-everything.” – Brandon Mcfarlane, University of Toronto Quarterly

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