Fourteen years after being wrongfully convicted of a murder Mister Myrden is pardoned and released from prison. Stepping back into the world, he feels overwhelmed and disoriented on the outside. When he returns to his old neighbourhood, a street where violence lurks behind practically every door, he finds himself out of place and ambivalent to his wife who is living in another man s house, to his friends who want both to celebrate and provoke further violence, and to the one million dollars compensation he has received from the government. What Myrden wants is his daughter, who is married to an abusive man, and his beloved granddaughter out of that neighbourhood. In a fit of rage, he makes a decision that will save his granddaughter from the cycle of abuse, but will result in his own destructive lurch back to prison. INSIDE is a dazzling novel about the institutions that we create in order to keep people confined, and about how the dynamic of a destructive family often shuts its children off from the vast possibilities of the world.
Kenneth J Harvey's novels include The Town That Forgot How To Breathe, Brud and Nine Tenths Unseen. His books are published in ten countries. He has won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and been nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He lives in a Newfoundland outport.