We All Will Be Received

Author: Leslie Vryenhoek
Genre: Fiction
Format: paperback
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: October 14, 2019
ISBN: 9781550818048

In 1977, a young woman steals a duffel bag full of drug money and flees her bad-news boyfriend, hitching a ride with a long-haul trucker to the world’s edge. She intends to disappear forever, to redefine herself on her own terms as Dawn Taylor.

But eventually, stars and satellites align. In a remote roadside motel, Dawn’s past catches up with her.

As a ferocious storm blows in, Vryenhoek vividly captures the desires of a host of characters whose paths have converged in this strange place. Ethan struggles to escape a tired narrative of childhood trauma. Cheryl is desperate to resuscitate a reputation blown apart on social media. And Spencer, an ex-con seeking to overcome his criminal past, chases a faint hope he’s glimpsed on a website built half a continent away. When the highway closes and the power fails, there’s nothing to keep them from disclosing who they really are.

Eloquent and propulsive, We All Will Be Received reveals the difficulty of finding redemption when the tightening web of an interconnected world has made the past inescapable.


  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner, Suspense
  • Canada Book Award Winner
  • NLBA Fiction Award Longlist


We Will All Be Received grabbed my attention from the very beginning, with the unique characters propelling the story forward in original, suspenseful, and unpredictable—yet wholly believable—ways. The protagonist is fully human, a flawed survivor, with secondary characters equally as realistic. Twists and turns continued throughout the entire book, including the totally unexpected—yet again, believable—ending.” – Kelly Boyer Sagert, Next Generation Indie Book Awards Judge

“…this is a superlative novel.” – Harold Walters, The Packet

“With her second novel, Leslie Vryenhoek has crafted a page-turning thriller, entangling four characters, shifting between timelines of the 1970s, 1980s and close to present day. Their motives are specific to their backgrounds and experiences, but together they are on the run, from their pasts and their choices, the consequences of which are increasingly embedded in social media… Vryenhoek is also a poet, and that discipline shows in the descriptive precision of her writing (‘a murmle of voices’; ‘He’s never understood it, the body’s reaction to cold, how fast it moves to jettison appendages’). The rest is pure plot adrenalin.” – Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

“Vryenhoek’s catalogue reads as diverse and eclectic as it is acclaimed and lauded. Her debut collection of poetry Gulf as well as her first foray into fiction Ledger of the Open Hand were released to critical praise. It is with her most recent entry, the gripping We All Will Be Received, that Vryenhoek comes into her own, and one that puts a definitive finger on the pulse of the here and now of our interconnected world.” – Dillon Collins, The Newfoundland Herald


“This novel starts off gritty and nail-biting, Bonnie and Clyde meets Goin’ Down The Road and it doesn’t let up. Even once you’ve read the last page, you’re still enthralled and you’re still right there, in the refurbished Graceland Inn, hoping there’s more book to read because you’re not ready to say goodbye to the characters… What extraordinary prose, so fine, so sculpted. I loved the complexity of the characters and the scope of the story. In a way, it rings similar to The Irishman by Martin Scorsese where the sins of the past complicate the relations of the present and cannot help but surface to an action-packed climax. I loved the timeline of this book, how the plot wove back and forth and looped seamlessly to gather up the lives of many. The characters were written with a beautiful subtlety that carried vivid poignancies which spoke volumes.” – The Minerva Reader


“If the title of Leslie Vryenhoek’s latest novel reminds you of Paul Simon’s song Graceland, that could be by design, for there are several characters looking for Graceland (although it’s a very different one from Elvis’ mansion). Their stories are told in separate threads that eventually merge to a climactic finish at Graceland, a renovated motel in Newfoundland, near the L’anse aux Meadows National Historic Site… If you like stories that at first glance appear to have no common thread, then We All Will Be Received is a book you will definitely enjoy and receive much reading pleasure from. Breakwater Books produces some of the best contemporary fiction on the East Coast, and this book well represents the genre.” – The Miramichi Reader

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