Southwestern Ontario author John Passfield has embarked on a project to explore the concepts of form and meaning in the novel, as well as the place of the novel as a form of expression in the 21st century. The books below are recent entries in that project. All of the accompanying journals and notebooks are available for free download on the author's website at www.johnpassfield.ca.
See four more of John Passfield's novels here.
In June 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, two part-time railway workers, 23-year-old Cyril Passfield and his friend, Charlie Thompson, decide to leave their hometown of St. Thomas, Ontario. They go "on the hobo," joining the great army of the unemployed who are riding the trains back and forth across Canada. As they travel west, they hope to get work in the harvest or hop a freighter in Vancouver and see the world. This novel is based on Cyril Passfield's diary from the summer of 1932.
2019, paperback, 142 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95
Emily Bronte: More Myself Than I
Every evening, flanked by her two creative sisters, Charlotte and Anne, Emily Brontë sits down at the dining-room table in the Haworth parsonage and writes. As she does so, her imagination compresses and transforms the information of the life-experience that surrounds her-in the parsonage and out on the moors-into the diamond-hard imagery of her novel-in-progress, Wuthering Heights.
2020, paperback, 154 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95
The Wright Brothers: Flight Is Possible
AWhat is the myth of the Wright brothers? Is it the fairy tale of 1903, when two human beings ignored their differences and created an invention that split human history into two eras: before and after the possibility of flight? Or is it the grim post-1903 reality, when each brother struggled alone, an ocean between them, to promote their new invention in the face of hostility, indifference, ridicule and disbelief? Or - are both harmony and disharmony - chaos and control - the dark and light threads in the fabric of every human dream?
2020, paperback, 144 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95
John Passfield: Saturday Morning
A twenty-one-year-old would-be writer, John Passfield, spends his last few months as a garbage collector on the streets of his hometown, St. Thomas, Ontario, in the summer of Canada's Centennial year, 1967. As he works, he compares the imagery of his life so far -- and of his upcoming marriage and career as a high-school teachers -- to the imagery of the great books he is reading, all while in pursuit of building the perfect load of garbage.
2021, paperback, 156 pages, 6 X 9, $24.95
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