Joyner's Dream

Joyner's Dream

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Joyner's Dream is the sweeping story of a family and its dubiouslegacy: an abiding love of music coupled with a persistentknack for thieving. Beginning in England in the 1780s,continuing in Halifax at the time of the Great Explosion, andending in Toronto in the present, eight larcenous generationsfrom all walks of life--craftsmen and highwaymen, aristocratsand servants, lawyers and B-movie actors--are connected bymusic, a secret family journal and one long-lived violin. Whenthe branches of the family are reunited and lingering secretsare revealed, we have come full circle in a hugely satisfying andsurprising tale.

This multi-generational story--told in a spellbinding seriesof historical voices--abounds in such rich social detail andsharply rendered characters, it affords the deep reading pleasuresto be found in the novels of Charles Dickens and ThomasHardy.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2011
ISBN: 9781554684953
Branch Call Number: TYSO
Characteristics: 419 p. : geneal. table ; 23 cm


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ontherideau Jan 24, 2012

engaging, not compelling- no direction home

Oct 16, 2011

very good book. if you have problem with your memory better take some noted who is who. it's little bit confusing since some characters appear in dif part of story

Jun 22, 2011

Fictional genealogy
Not great but hard to put down
Wouldn't particularly recommend

Jun 20, 2011

Great story over time that shows traits passed down through genertions.

Maggie_M Jun 04, 2011

Wonderful storytelling. Hard to put down.

May 01, 2011

didn't finish.......a saga of different generations of a family centred around a violin and thievery....started out well, but became the same old over and over....didn't finish....OK but not great

debwalker Mar 19, 2011

"Like Kim Edwards’s bestseller The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Joyner’s Dream is a multi-generational novel that unearths one family’s secrets as a way of exploring how the future is a very odd fusion of the present and the past. Told in the words of the members of the Joyner-Fitzhelm clan, who start, continue, edit and end a secret journal between 1788 and 2006, Joyner’s Dream follows the lives lived and the music played by the fiddlers of the family, beginning with the public-house tunes and tales of the busker Blind France, preserved by his grandson in late-18th-century England."
T.F. Rigelhof
Reviewed in the Globe & Mail March 19, 2011

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