Guy Boucher, a fatherless teenager oppressed by the boredom and poverty of rural Nova Scotia, is dominated by his monstrous uncle, Isadore - alcoholic, capriciously violent and preternaturally vital. Isadore, who is permitted to board with Guy and his mother in exchange for the use of his red pick-up truck, is determined to make a man of Guy by forcing him to drink and play hockey. Guy dreams that access to the truck will be enough to attract a girlfriend from nearby Big Harbour. But when an awkward courtship turns sour, Guy touches off a sluggish tumult of violence fuelled by malice, booze and suffocating ennui. Told from the perspectives of several of the central characters, Saints of Big Harbour brilliantly unravels the stories of each from the web that ensnares Guy.
Lynn Coady was nominated for the 1998 Governor General's Award for her first novel, Strange Heaven. A collection of short fiction, Play the Monster Blind, won the Canadian Authors Association's Jubliee Award. She received the Canadian Authors Association/Air Canada Award for the best writer under thirty and the Dartmouth Book and Writing Award for fiction. She lives in Vancouver.