Advocate

ISBN 9781770864719 | 5.5″ x 8.5″ | TPB | $22.95

Category: Literary Novels

 


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Synopsis

When Jacob is called back to Advocate, he is not only returning home again, something he knows he cannot really do; he is going to face his dying grandmother and the people of the town who turned on one of their own.

Twenty years earlier, when his uncle David came home, it was to die. The response in Advocate was typical of most towns, large and small, in 1984: when his disease became known, Jacob, his grandmother, his mother, and his aunt, were shunned, turned out from school and their jobs, out of fear of an until-then unknown virus.

Like To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel beloved of one of the main characters, Advocate is elegiac, written by a first-rate author, about overcoming ignorance and prejudice. With wit and emotional depth, Greer describes the formation of one boy’s social conscience and takes us to a resolution that is truly satisfying.

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Awards

Winner of the 2017 Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Fiction)
Finalist for the 2017 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2017 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award


Praise

“A deeply moving novel.”
The Globe and Mail

“A sunshine sketch of a little town? Not remotely. A heartfelt, searing, and sad — and wholly captivating — portrait of one town’s fear, ignorance, and anger? Yes, and then some … A superbly-composed lament, Advocate rails against small-minded values and dares to ponder why we’re capable of so much and yet often wind up doing so little.”
Toronto Star

“A juicy read, with so much more at stake than a typical family drama … Jacob’s voice and affect are strong and consistent. Greer patiently elaborates on guilt, regret, and the possibility of forgiveness. And at this, he is wholly successful.”
Quill & Quire, Starred review

“One fine novel from a Novia Scotia writer who just gets better, book by book.”
The Sun Times


About the Author

Greer, Darren - was nominated for the Pearson Readers' Choice Award at The Word On The Street, Toronto in 2003 and won the 2004 ReLit Award. (read more)

Books by the Author

Advocate - ISBN 9781770864719 | 5.5″ x 8.5″ | TPB | $22.95 Category: Literary Novels   Find   Synopsis When Jacob is called back to Advocate, he is not only returning home again, something he knows he cannot really do; he is going to face his dying grandmother and the people of the town who turned on […]
Just Beneath My Skin - Darren Greer
ISBN 9781770862555 | 5.25" x 8" | TPB | $21

Selected for One Book Nova Scotia 2015
Winner of the 2015 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award (East Coast Literary Awards)
Shortlisted for the 2015 Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (Atlantic Book Awards)
Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award


Jake MacNeil returns to the town of his birth to to take his son to a better life. But when a dangerous figure from the past becomes hell-bent on dragging the new Jake “back down where he belongs”, three generations of MacNeil men must come together to pay the full price of hope. (read more)
Still Life With June - Darren Greer
ISBN 9781897151518 | 5.5" x 8.5" | TPB | $20

Winner of the 2004 ReLit Award
Shortlisted for the 2003 Pearson Canada Readers' Choice Book Award
Finalist for the 2006 Ferro-Grumley Award
NOW Magazine Top 10 for 2003


When a patient at the Salvation Army Treatment Centre hangs himself, part-time worker and full-time writer Cameron Dodds sees an opportunity for a story and, while researching the patient's past, forms a relationship his sister June, a woman with Downs syndrome. (read more)
Strange Ghosts - Darren Greer
ISBN 9781896951638 | 5.125" x 7.625" | TPB | $24.95

From baseball to Picasso, Oscar Wilde to Tennessee Williams, post-modernism to American foreign policy, these essays are an appealing mixture of polemic, politics, memoir, travelogue, and literary theory. (read more)
Tyler’s Cape - Darren Greer
ISBN 9781896951454 | 5.5" x 8.5" | TPB | $19.95

When Luke Conrad's aging mother breaks her hip he must return to the Nova Scotian fishing village of Tyler's Cape for one summer to take care of her. There, as he starts to remember the childhood he has worked so hard to forget, Luke unearths a secret from his mother's past. (read more)