The Sign on My Father's House
"Felix, you are a dreamer. I used to be, too, but there’s no payoff in it.”
Felix Ryan, from Curlew, Conception Bay, has been in love with the enigmatic Ellen Monteau ever since the day he met her in school at Smallwood High. Friends and family try to warn him that she is nothing but trouble, but she is Helen of Troy and he longs to be her King Menelaus . . . or Prince Paris. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing at home, as Felix’s father erects an enormous sign on his house condemning Premier Joey Smallwood—much to the chagrin of his family and their Liberal neighbours in the early days after Confederation.
This is the uproariously funny and at times heartbreaking tale of a young man's rough ride into adulthood. Felix Ryan is on a journey to discover who he is and where he is headed. He moves from rural Newfoundland to the hectic life of Memorial University in the late 1960s. It is a world of music, girls, and new experiences. Felix's world is changing as the Joey Smallwood era comes to an end. But Ellen Monteau never strays far from his mind. Ultimately, he must choose between continuing his education on the mainland of Canada, or putting down roots at home in Newfoundland.
The Sign on My Father’s House marks Tom Moore’s triumphant and long-anticipated return to literary fiction. It is a story about finding your voice and putting up your own sign about who you are and what you believe.
It reminds you that sometimes life can take its own turn and we just have to except it for what it is and find a way to go on. A very enjoyable read overall.-- Edwards Book Club Reviews --
"The Sign on My Father's House" reads so authentically, it feels like a memoir. It's relatable, briskly paced, moving, and funny. If your'e looking for a good story this is a good story ( with a kicker last line).-- The Telegram --
Amid all this social distancing, Donna and I just finished reading your new novel. Great job. Such vivid descriptions of people and places. The imagery and comparisons are concise, poetic....The novel without any overstatement deals with the complex love/loyalty relationship between Felix and his father. The young love and betrayal that defines Felix’s union with Ellen vivifies the heartbreak that so often accompanies coming of age. -- Bob and Donna Dawe --
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