Joel Hynes Down to the Dirt

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Down to the Dirt

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Down to the Dirt is a novel of the new millennium Newfoundlander.

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Joel Hynes was born in 1976 and raised in Calvert, Newfoundland. His poetry and short stories have been published with TickleAce, The Backyards of Heaven-Irish/Newfoundland Anthology, and With an Image of Grace. A number of them have also been featured on CBC Radio. He has written and directed one short film and co-wrote The Devil You Donít Know, a highly acclaimed stage version of Down to the Dirt. Down to the Dirt was recently awarded the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Association's Percy Janes First Novel Award. His second novel, Right Away Monday, is due to release in Spring 2007 with HarperCollins Canada.

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Rebellious adolescents are pretty much the same the world over, a point borne out by Newfoundland-born Hynes's debut about growing up in a small town in Canada's easternmost province: his teenage characters get high, have sex, and insult and outrage the adults around them. True, they speak a Celtic-tinged dialect (which Hynes captures masterfully), and they commit their minor social crimes in an isolated, rural setting that amplifies their discontent. Hynes's antihero is Keith Kavanagh, a hard-drinking bad boy ("a bit of a savage," his best friend Andy admits), who strives in self-destructive ways for love and respect. Keith's clipped but evocative narration trades off with the similarly poetic, snappish, adolescent narration by Andy and Keith's girlfriend, Natasha. The self-contained chapters read almost like short stories: the birth of Andy and Keith's friendship; Keith's drug-addled killing of a sick cat; a run-in between Natasha and her father over a sex toy. Raunchy, humorous and energetic, Hynes's novel engrosses, but never truly surprises: the author owes a large debt to Holden Caulfield for Keith's interior monologues and consistent attacks on hypocrisy. But it's a gritty, moving portrait of growing up—or trying to, anyway. (Oct.)
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