Podcast by the author himself: BRENT VAN STAALDUINEN
When fifteen-year-old Mutton is robbed at gunpoint while working in her mother’s Hamilton thrift store, the thief makes off with an item that she knows isn’t meant for him, hurling her and her family into a summer of remarkable and heartbreaking events. From fighting unscrupulous developers to first loves to the anguish that comes from never knowing what your final words to a loved one might be, Saints, Unexpected reminds us of the magic that comes with each opportunity to begin again.
Saints, Unexpected is “A nimble debut novel featuring a magical Niche and a motley cast of neighbourhood misfits.”
In VIANVI PODCAST #4, you will enjoy listening to the author himself, Brent Van Staalduinen, introduce and read Chapter 1 of SAINTS, UNEXPECTED. I know you will love it and want to get the book. Brent will be one of the guest authors presented at our Fall “Meet the Authors Night” at Turner Park Library in Hamilton, Ontario, November 29, 2016.
“This small gem of a novel will stay with you long after you finish reading. It’s a mystery, a love story, a family drama, and it has just enough magic to keep you hooked to the last page.”
—ANNABEL LYON, author of THE SWEETGIRL and TheGoldenMean
“Saints, Unexpected is not only a masterful evocation of the simple complexities of family life, it’s also a moving tribute to a city and to those who have struggled to save it. Brent van Staalduinen has a sure eye and a powerful voice.”
—waynegrady, author of emancipationday
“Brent van Staalduinen’s Saints, Unexpected takes on family, strife, and the magic of neighbourhoods with a precise and compassionate hand. The details of Hamilton’s downtown core are as delicate and unforgettable as his characters themselves—this is a novel filled with hope, both as gritty and as gentle as the city it explores.”
—AMANDA LEDUC, author of THE MIRACLES OFORDINARY MEN
“Saints, Unexpected is a glimpse into the magical quality of everyday life. Brent van Staalduinen creates an ordinary world and tinges it with the kind of mysticism that I think we’d all like to imagine infuses our lives.”
—JAMES LECK, author of THE ADVENTURES OFJACK LIME
BRENT VAN STAALDUINEN llives, works, and writes in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the recipient of both the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize and the 2015 Short Works Prize, his work appears in The Sycamore Review, The Bristol Prize Short Story Anthology 8, EVENT Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, and The New Guard Literary Review. A graduate of the Humber School of Writers, he also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and teaches writing at Redeemer University College.
BRENT VAN STAALDUINEN
Available April 2016
(8 x 5, 256 pages, Fiction)
PO BOX 539•MARMORA ON•K0K 2M0