First Snow, Last Light

First Snow, Last Light

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An epic family mystery with a powerful, surprise ending, which features the return of the ever-fascinating Sheilagh Fielding, one of the most memorable characters in fiction. Ned Vatcher, only 14, ambles home from school in the winter of 1936 to find the house locked, the family car missing, and his parents gone without a trace. From that point on, his life is driven by the need to find out what happened to the Vanished Vatchers. When Ned meets Sheilagh Fielding, he believes the enigmatic Fielding to be his soulmate. The novel builds to a spectacular resolution of the mystery of all the Vanished Vatchers.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780735272569
Characteristics: 492 pages ;,24 cm.

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Ned Vatcher, only 14, ambles home from school in the winter of 1936 to find the house locked, the family car missing, and his parents gone without a trace. From that point on, his life is driven by the need to find out what happened to the Vanished Vatchers. His father, Edgar, had risen to become... Read More »


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Eil_1
Nov 20, 2018

I did very much enjoy the characters that Johnston penned. It was a compelling story; however, there were times when I felt he could get on with it a little more quickly.

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zipread
Sep 09, 2018

Now who would have known a Canadian author could be so engrossing and write a novel one couldn't put down. On the basis of "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" set in Newfoundland with THE Joey Smallwood as one of the main protagonists I just had to read "First Snow...".It's almost a sequel to "Colony...". One of the most fascinating characters, a woman who simply goes goes by her surname, Fielding is developed beyond the hints and intimation of the former novel.
By the time I'd finished the book I was left with the conclusion that Newfoundlanders drink and are drunk most of the time; that they're all poor; that they have huge families; that they all feel slighted by their relatives; and that the weather in St. John's varies between bad and atrocious
It is advised that Johnston be read in the company of warm clothing or blankets and in the company of a bottle of Screech..

patcumming Aug 03, 2018

The characterization in this book is so rich and the plot engrossing. Johnston is a masterful storyteller. Fielding is one of my all time favourite Canlit characters.

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libraryhramsay
Jun 09, 2018

I loved every word, beginning to end. At times, I felt moved to tears. These characters leave an imprint of the essential Canadian and currents of impressions of people I know and, I’m sure we all know, are scattered throughout.

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CAB208
Nov 25, 2017

I loved this book which was satisfying on so many levels from beginning to end.
The characters have a depth and psychological complexity that makes them individually credible. At the heart of this book is the power that secrets hold on those who keep them and this drives the story in a riveting and suspenseful way.
As a Newfoundlander himself, Wayne Johnson deftly paints the landscape, the light and the weather in Newfoundland. His prose is poetic and often the dialogue, especially that of Sheilagh Fielding, is astonishing in its quickness of wit.

ontherideau Oct 31, 2017

I had a love hate relationship with this book, at times it meandered on but I could not put it down till the last word was read.

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