Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St. John’s area of Newfoundland. His nationally bestselling novels include The Divine Ryans, A World Elsewhere, The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York, and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which has been made into a stage play and is being developed as a TV series. Johnston is also the author of the Charles Taylor Prize-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore’s Mansion. He lives in Toronto.
First Snow, Last Light
Fourteen-year-old Ned Vatcher ambles home from school in the calm before the first storm of the winter of 1936 to find the house locked, the family car missing and his parents gone without a trace. From that point on, his life is driven by the need to find out what happened to the Vanished Vatchers.
His father, Edgar, born to a poor family of fishermen, had risen to become the right-hand man to the colony’s prime minister, then suffered an unexpected fall from grace. Were he and his wife murdered? Was it suicide? Had they run away? If so, why had they left their only child behind? Full of larger-than-life, mythic characters, First Snow, Last Light leaves us contemplating not only life’s tragedies and triumphs, but the forces that compel us all to act in ways that surprise and sometimes terrify us.