Longlisted for the Giller Prize and a national bestseller from one of Canada's most acclaimed, beloved storytellers: The Son of a Certain Woman is Wayne Johnston's funniest, sexiest novel yet, controversial in its issues, wise, generous and then some in its depiction of humanity. Percy Joyce, born in St. John's, Newfoundland, in the 50s is an outsider from childhood, set apart by a congenital disfigurement. Taunted and bullied, he is also isolated by his intelligence and wit, and his unique circumstances. Soon on the cusp of teenagehood, Percy is filled with yearning, wild with hormones, and longing for what he can't have--wanting to be let in...and let out. At the top of his wish list is his disturbingly alluring mother, Penelope, whose sex appeal fairly leaps off the page. Everyone in St. John's lusts after her--including her sister-in-law, Medina; their paying boarder, the local chemistry teacher, Pops MacDougal; and...Percy. The Son of a Certain Woman brilliantly mixes sorrow and laughter as it builds toward an unforgettable ending. Will Pops marry Penelope? Will Penelope and Medina be found out? Will Percy be lured into the Church? It is a reminder of the pain of being an outsider; of the sustaining power of love and the destructive power of hate; and of the human will to triumph.
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This is a very entertaining and unique story. The constant bickering between the believers and the non believers is hilarious
Wayne Johnston has written some of my favorite books - but this is not one of them. I kept reading and reading thinking there was going to be a plot to this story that follows a child with some rare disease and his racy/liberal mother in the closed catholic society of St John's Newfoundland. It is a great sell for the "Separation of Church and State" ... however, I doubt that was the authors only intention. More Ontario politicians should read this and take up the cause of dismantling the province's catholic school board!!
Wayne Johnston is a fabulous writer and I approached this book with a great deal of anticipation. However, I was more than disappointed in the use of vulgar language and the seediness of the story line and as a result, I deleted the book from my e-reader. It cost me ten dollars but it was well worth the hit on the delete button. I am a Newfoundlander (I detest the term "Newfie") and am proud to have carried that banner for more than fifty years. Having read and honoured Baltimores Mansion and one of my favourite books ever, Colony of Unrequited Dreams, I am ashamed to admit I paid for this book and actually read two chapters. Certainly with such a colourful and checked history as we do, there must have been something better to write about.
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