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Down to the Dirt

By |2018-03-21T18:28:17+01:00April 1st, 2004|Recent Reviews|

By Joel Hynes

Harper Collins, 2004. 208 pages.


ou realize Keith Kavanagh is trouble and going nowhere fast from the start of Hynes’s debut novel. The Newfoundland outport boy, only 13, loses his virginity to a woman twice his age. Then he nearly sets the town on fire. He frustrates and disappoints nearly everyone around him, but no one as much as himself. Keith does, eventually, get somewhere — down the highway to the provincial capital — but still remains down in the dirt. His roil in the muck is vivid and darkly entertaining.

About the Author:

Kate Swoger is too-rapidly approaching middle age. Following a young woman’s not-so-erotic journey from Montreal to Middle Europe, she settled in Toronto, where she works for CBC Radio. On her last birthday, she decided to write a short story for every month of the year, in an effort to become a published author. Her first story was recently printed in the Vancouver magazine Front, making her instantly immortal.