Twelve Miles to Midnight, set for release in April of 2016, is a novel in short stories that begins on a midnight road heading north from disaster and travels to the docks of Halifax and along the Eas
Twelve Miles to Midnight, set for release in April of 2016, is a novel in short stories that begins on a midnight road heading north from disaster and travels to the docks of Halifax and along the Eastern seaboard. Narbonne is a former marine engineer, who, from an insider's perspective, writes stories that range from realistic tales to sometimes romantic fables, setting his chapters in isolated mining towns, sailors' bars, Cape Breton fishing villages, and onboard oil tankers off Newfoundland.
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A marine engineer by first trade, André Narbonne was living out of his duffel bag when he arrived in Halifax on a damaged tanker in the mid—eighties. He completed two degrees in English at Dalhousie University and a PhD at the University of Western Ontario. He teaches English & Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.
André Narbonne's first collection of award—winning stories, Twelve Miles to Midnight, abounds with intriguing and raw characters: a mother who flees to a wild island in Northern Ontario to protect her son from the vengeance of strangers; a mad captain on an icebound oil tanker stalked by an invisible predator; a Melvillean chef who prefers not to cook; a sex worker seeking transcendence. In twelve piercingly authentic stories, Narbonne crafts a compellingly human world in which compassion is the genius of commonplace heroes and heroines.
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"Twelve Miles to Midnight feels like so much more than the sum of its parts, never straying from the small particulars of ordinary lives yet somehow achieving the breadth and depth of an epic. Narbonne writes with a rare humanity and insight, giving all his characters their due and uniquely attuned to the ties that bind them." - Nino Ricci, author of The Origin of Species
"Twelve Miles to Midnight is a superbly crafted gift: honest, compelling, and deeply moving."
- Nick Mount, University of Toronto
"There is no denying the intimate warmth of Narbonne's writing, the careful craftsmanship of his stories, and the tenderness of his characterization. This is one beautiful, tough book, full of complex relationships and sometimes angry compassion. - Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting