My staunch Newfoundland pride requires me to read every novel released by my countrymen and -women; this one won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, so I was doubly powerless. Much like Joel Thomas Hynes' previous novels, We'll All Be Burnt in our Beds Some Night is gritty, violent, profane, and frenetic. But damn, this guy can tell a story. Our narrator, Johnny, is completely unhinged and deeply flawed, but Hynes' manages to make the reader feel for this utter mess - who among us could emerge from such a tragic childhood unscathed? Pearl-clutchers need not apply.

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