Say Nothing Saw Wood

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November, 2013

Say Nothing Saw Wood

A novella by Joel Thomas Hynes
with original drawings by Gerald L. Squires

  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador History and Heritage Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 ReLit Award for Fiction

One weekend, right outta nowhere, it struck me. All of it. Floored me. What I went and done. When I was only seventeen years old.

Jude Traynor has served his time in prison and now he’s heading back to his hometown on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland. But first, he has to come to terms with who he was and what happened one night, years before, when he was barely seventeen years old.

Joel Thomas Hynes’s stunning exploration of guilt and remorse, of love and regret, received raves as an award-winning stage play; this is the novella that inspired the play, available in print at last. Hynes’s pitch-perfect ear for voice and his remarkable sense of dramatic cadence combine to form a story of great power and ultimately great humanity. This is Newfoundland gothic at its best. 

The novella inspired Hynes's widely acclaimed film "Cast No Shadow."

The book includes original pen-and-ink drawings by renowned Newfoundland artist Gerald L. Squires.

Designed by Veselina Tomova of Vis a Vis Graphics (St. John’s, NL) and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group (Ottawa, ON). The papers are Cougar Vellum Text and Strathmore Ultimate White Wove.