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When Emma Brodie, local prophet and mother of three, steals a boat and exiles herself to the middle of the bay for seven days and seven nights, she sets about a chain of strange and wonderful events in the sleepy village of Garfax—a village no longer listed on any official government document. Radios begin to speak secrets and unintended confessions, a rainstorm occurs that lasts for months, a young boy dies mysteriously in the surrounding woods after following the dictates of his heart, and Caleb Anson, the village’s prodigal son, returns after a long absence with a grand design to bring Garfax into “the future.”
This magic realist tale, where dead relatives play dominoes in the houses of their loved ones, is told by Emma’s youngest son Oswald, a shy, observant boy living in the shadow of his charismatic family. Wonderfull tells the stories of Garfax—which has become the stuff of legends to outsiders—and reveals how this village’s unlikely past catches up to its inevitable future.
• winner, 2008/2009 London Reads competition
• shortlisted, 2008 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
• winner, Trade Fiction Book of the Year, 2008 Alberta Book Publishing Awards
"Not only is the double L in the title of this book fully intended, but it is equally well deserved.... I think these stories of Garfax are funny, quaint, and poignant, with a fresh, inventive quality to them. I also enjoyed the narrator's storytelling style, moving in and out of anecdotes so smoothly I often forgot where the story began and yet didn't feel lost at all. Or if I was lost, I was happy to be so."
"William Neil Scott has the writer’s single essential gift: he makes you want to see the world through his eyes. Funny, spooky, and moving by turns, Wonderfull delivers what its title promises."
"Nino Ricci, Thomas Wharton, and Yann Martel have all mined for magic in the Canadian experience. To this crew add William Neil Scott. Scott is a lucky discovery, a shiny new talent who rebuilds the awesome Canadian landscape in the reader’s imagination. Turn off your television and get ready to feel something."