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The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
Joey Smallwood, known as the "last father of Confederation" for bringing Newfoundland into the Canadian fold in 1949, grew up poor and was bullied mercilessly early in the last century. This book takes known elements of Smallwood's life and combines them with fictional characters and events to describe Smallwood's coming-of-age and political awakening. Incidents from Smallwood's life are interspersed with excerpts from a fictional "Fielding's Condensed...