Named in a moment of anger, raised to endure the tragedy of a people and culture coming undone, Blackstrap Hawco is heir to an island dominion subsumed, picked over and set adrift by its adoptive nation. s the end of the twentieth century nears, the Hawco family's bloodlines have grown tainted and confused. Men fail their families through enforced idleness, and the once-vivid ghosts of their ancestors have slipped into murk, forgotten along with the rest of history. lackstrap Hawco is a defiant man born with little more than a body and spirit that refuse to give up, and the menacing strength of pride. For the Hawcos of Newfoundland, was it not ever so? rom the arrivals of the indentured Irish to the Victorian drawing rooms of the English merchants, from the perilous adventures of the seal hunt to the raucous iron ore mines, from a notorious disaster at sea to the relocation of outport communities, the Hawco story might be all the family has left. But as Blackstrap Hawco-- a novel that will consume you in its dazzling swirl of voices, legends and beautiful hearsay-- testifies, a story this haunting, this powerful, might just be enough.
Kenneth J. Harvey's novels have met with international critical acclaim, and have won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Winterset Award, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award (Canada) and the Libro del Mare (Italy). His works have also been nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and longlisted for Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He lives with his family in a Newfoundland outport.