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The Year of Broken Glass

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Joe Denham's debut novel The Year of Broken Glass follows struggling crab fisherman Francis "Ferris" Wichbaun's journey across the Pacific Ocean to deliver a legendary glass fishing float to an enigmatic, high-paying collector. Against a backdrop of worldwide seismic devastation, Ferris is forced to confront increasing concern for his two families--his wife Anna and their ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by Nightwood Editions
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Sep 26, 2011 Szplug rated it liked it
Shelves: canada-eh
Ah, Joe, why? I really enjoyed the opening fifty-or so pages of this book, what with Joe not being an academic or a recent graduate of a creative-writing class, but a dude getting stinkfinger hauling up bottom-feeding crabs along the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia and distilling some damn fine poetry from his fjordal perch on the side. Everything about this was refreshingly different from my recent spate of fictional selections: the platonic Caucasoid marriage and exciting Asiatic mistress; ...more
Nov 01, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
in my 20s, i used to read the Utne Reader. it was always a relief & an exciting thing that there were people out there willing to fight for the planet. i liked this book's combo of environmental care & angst & the relationships of the MC. the story is fanciful, which was fun. i loved the references to Coleridge, the sea. i was fully immersed in the story & loved the poetic language.
Jul 20, 2016 Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-novel
Denham’s novel starts out beautifully – we are introduced to Ferris Wishbone, a crab fisherman living on the Sechelt peninsula. His boat is called the Prevailer. He has a son, Willow, with his long-time fractious partner, Anna and a daughter, Emily, with his secret love, Jin Su.

One day while out crabbing, he finds a beautiful glass float. While all the other glass in his life is shattering (literally), the float, fragile as it appears, seems to be unbreakable. Thus we begin a journey that tangl
Jul 26, 2011 Vicki rated it really liked it
My 2011 reading got off to a breathtaking start with Joe Denham's second collection of poetry, vividly and appropriately titled Windstorm ( A dense read that was both exhilarating and almost exhausting, I mused as to what Denham might do next.

I didn't have long to wait. Denham's first novel, The Year of Broken Glass, arrived this spring with the impact of a strong, bracing blast of cold, refreshing, snow-tinged rain, sluicing the winter away and preparin
Bradley Somer
Jun 03, 2012 Bradley Somer rated it really liked it
There are some books that you pick up and know you are in good hands. There are some books you know you can sit back, read and enjoy the ride. This book is not one of them. You are indeed in good hands with Mr. Denham but this book will keep you on your toes as it dives back and forth between genres and points of view. At one point, it's a character driven work of Canlit and at the next it's a fast paced page-turner. You become attached to an ancillary character and, the next thing you know, you ...more
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Jan 30, 2015 Jennifer Aitkens rated it liked it
The story went on a little too long and I nearly gave up on it, but for anyone who has spent any time on the west coast of Canada, this book will resonate.

And wouldn't it be nice if the earth's problems could all be solved simply by smashing a glass fishing float?
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