A beautifully crafted and heartbreaking novel about friendship, love and loss from an award winning author. This was originally published in Canada in 2001 as L’iguane and was Denis Theriault’s debut. Once I knew it was written by the author of the beautifully haunting The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman my expectations soared, and rightly so; The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea is as deeply touching, descriptive and is a truly distinctive read. Theriault has such a beautiful melodic way with words, his sentences have the ability to raise an eyebrow, to dazzle, as they simultaneously speak to the soul and are daubed vividly across your imagination. Joy and sorrow walk closely, touching hand to hand, shoulder to shoulder and the intriguing mix of the magic of childhood exploration combined with the agonising tragedy of loss, ambushes your senses and constantly surprises. This really is a book to recommend, it deserves high praise and to sit within easy reach on the bookshelf, with well worn covers and much loved pages. ~ Liz Robinson
A moving story of friendship and the power of imagination, from the award-winning author of The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman The loss of a parent brought them together. Two boys united by grief. Set on the rugged north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, where the wind merges with the forest and the waves, where albatross whirl overhead and snow lies deep on the land, two lonely boys form a powerful friendship. Together they take refuge in a magical undersea world of their own creation, searching for a sense of belonging. But for one of them the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur, and the loyalty of his friend is put to the test in a journey that threatens to end in tragedy. Infused with his characteristic charm, Denis Theriault's novel The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea is a powerful fable about the pain of losing someone you love and the longing for security, which has touched readers' hearts all over the world.
|Publication date:||5th April 2018|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 07/10/2021
'Enchanting, philosophically astute and deeply poignant'
'Quirky and charming'
'A beguiling story about love, loneliness and the modern world, all but the most hardened of readers will fall for the thrill, and the sadness'
'Peppered with delightful insights'
Denis Thériault was born on the north shore of the Gulf of St Lawrence, near Sept-Îles, Quebec, has a degree in psychology and is an award-winning screenwriter who lives with his family in Montreal.More About Denis Theriault