Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club

Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club

eBook - 2019
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February in Newfoundland is the longest month of the year. Another blizzard is threatening to tear a strip off downtown St. John’s, while inside The Hazel restaurant a storm system of sex, betrayal, addiction, and hurt is breaking overhead. Iris, a young hostess from around the bay, is forced to pull a double despite resolving to avoid the charming chef and his wealthy restaurateur wife. Just tables over, Damian, a hungover and self-loathing server, is trying to navigate a potential punch-up with a pair of lit customers who remain oblivious to the rising temperature in the dining room. Meanwhile Olive, a young woman far from her northern home, watches it all unfurl from the fast and frozen street. Through rolling blackouts, we glimpse the truth behind the shroud of scathing lies and unrelenting abuse, and discover that resilience proves most enduring in the dead of this winter’s tale. By turns biting, funny, poetic, and heartbreaking, Megan Gail Coles’ debut novel rips into the inner lives of a wicked cast of characters, building towards a climax that will shred perceptions and force a reckoning. This is blistering Newfoundland Gothic for the twenty-first century, a wholly original, bracing, and timely portrait of a place in the throes of enormous change, where two women confront the traumas of their past in an attempt to overcome the present and to pick up a future.
Publisher: [S.l.]: House of Anansi Press Inc, 2019.
ISBN: 9781487001728
Characteristics: 304 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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Aug 22, 2020

Makes me wonder how much of this book she based on real people. I don't even have words for the lack of respect I feel for most of these self-centered , obnoxious characters.

Jul 29, 2020

We live the story, one character after another, as it unfolds in the Hazel restaurant over one Valentine's day. Short, clever sentences; similar paragraphs. Snappy conceits. Complicated, dangerous relationships. Bleak. Could have been subtitled “Predator and Prey”. Once I got into the rhythm of it, I couldn’t put it down.

Jul 26, 2020

The author's love letter to her former hometown of Saint John's (make that a "Dear John" letter).

Jan 25, 2020

Beautifully written. Heartbreakingly sad. #metoo

Dec 13, 2019

Globe 100 2019 - set in Newfoundland on Valentines day. Not a romance.

Nov 17, 2019

Giller short list 2019

Nov 11, 2019

This book left me angry. Angry about the injustice faced by many of the characters. Angry at the patriarchal world we live in. At times I wanted to hurl the book at the wall in frustration. And I think that was the author's goal. 5 stars.

BPLpicks Oct 24, 2019

Small Game Hunting is the second of six finalist for the 2019 Giller Prize. It is an affecting little piece of Newfoundland literature with incredible characters that you will not soon forget.

Sep 29, 2019

a look under the veneer of 'the good life' in St. John's
ties that bind can damage and break
trust and friendship can be manipulated and abused
survival can hang by a thin thread
I wasn't sure about reading this book, but I'm glad I did
enjoyed the writing and the insight

nwhite1 May 30, 2019

I haven't finished this book yet but want all my friends to read it so that we can discuss the characters. It took me a bit to getting into the writing style but once I did I was hooked!

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