Tuesday, December 13, 2005

e-mail from An Author

I got this interesting e-mail today. I have never gotten an e-mail from an author before. Have you?

The Town That Forgot How to Breathe
The Town That Forgot How to Breathe

Here's the latest on my new novel, THE TOWN THAT FORGOT HOW TO BREATHE, which concerns what happens when the art of storytelling begins to die out in a small, coastal community.

I hope it might be of interest to you.

With all good wishes,

by Kenneth J. Harvey
(St. Martin's Press, November, 2005)

* starred review, Publisher's Weekly

"Comparisons with Stephen King's commercial power and Annie Proulx's literary warmth are apt but glib. Harvey is an author whose storytelling prowess can speak for itself."
-- Publisher's Weekly

"An eerie and gripping story, the work of an extravagantly haunted imagination."
-- J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize winning author of Disgrace

"Both a contemporary and an historical novel, The Town that Forgot How to Breathe is a tour de force! It speaks of the sea: of those who are upon it, beside it, beneath it. Kenneth J. Harvey, a writer like no other, is as knowledgeable as he is adventurous. A very exceptional novel, extraordinary in its power."
-- Alistair MacLeod, author of No Great Mischief

"A novel of dazzling ambition and strange, haunting loveliness. Grippingly entertaining and bursting with life, it is an absolute triumph of the storyteller's art. Many books are hyped as 'unputdownable'. This one really is."
-- Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea

"This is a massive book in every sense. Long, with a huge cast of strongly-drawn, idiosyncratic characters, eerie and haunting, poetic, funny, moving, it takes on the big themes-- the meaning of life, our relationship to the dead, man’s place in the rapidly changing modern world-- and carries everything off with a surging confidence that leaves the reader, well, breathless."
--John Harding, Daily Mail (London)

"A masterful work" -- Vancouver Sun

"A triumph" -- National Post

"As compelling as it is unique" -- Amazon.ca

"The Town That Forgot How to Breathe is brilliant. Here comes overnight success. -- January Magazine

"A tightly woven fabulation" -- Globe & Mail

"Harvey paints it (Bareneed) as beautifully as any picture postcard --
Montreal Gazette

"Bang-on dialogue... spring-from-the-pages characters" -- Georgia Straight

"His best novel yet... a near-epic scale" -- The Telegram (St. John's)

Foreign rights sold in: Germany, England, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Canada, France and Sweden.

Recently optioned for a motion picture by:

Catherine Gourdier (Some Things That Stay) and
Don Carmody (Good Will Hunting, Chicago)


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