The Dominion Of Wyley McFadden

The Dominion Of Wyley McFadden

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An eccentric ex-fertility doctor's quest to redress geo-zoological discrimination in Canada takes an unexpected twist when he meets up with a mysterious hitchhiker. After months of painstaking preparation, Wyley McFadden is finally ready to carry out an outlandish scheme. In what looks remarkably like an ordinary camper van, McFadden is transporting a secret cargo -- one he's been accumulating for the better part of a year -- from Toronto to Alberta. But just past the town of Wawa, off the eastern flank of Lake Superior, in the midst of miles and miles of aspen and conifer, he spots a girl in a tennis outfit on the side of the road. Hopping from one foot to the other, bending in oddly rhythmic intervals and waving her arms, she appears to be performing some exotic dance. But as McFadden gets closer, he realizes she is being eaten alive by mosquitoes and black flies, and he slows to pick her up. Fearful, starving and exhausted, the girl doesn't seem to know where she's headed and refuses to explain how she came to be hitchhiking in the middle of the bush. She wards off McFadden's questions by asking him about his own past. But once McFadden has revealed his secrets, including the purpose of his peculiar mission, the girl can no longer avoid telling him her own shocking and terrifying story. By turns playful and disturbing, The Dominion of Wyley McFadden is a daring first novel full of surprises.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2000
ISBN: 9780679310419
Branch Call Number: GAR
Characteristics: 337 p


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Humorous, well written novel, some dark undercurrents but nothing too distressing. Toronto discredited medical doctor takes a road trip to Alberta and picks up an enigmatic young hitch-hiker around lake Superior. The two share their story and reek revenge on those who have offended them in the past and the reader is satisfyingly drawn into their skewed view of the world and rough justice. I guess the plot line to transport rats to Alberta eliminates this book as a Canada Reads contender.

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