About Brent van Staalduinen

Brent is an award-winning writer from Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of three novels, Boy (Dundurn Press), Saints, Unexpected (Invisible Publishing), and the forthcoming Nothing But Life (Dundurn Press), as well Cut Road (forthcoming from Guernica Editions), a collection of short fiction. His stories have won the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Lush Triumphant Literary Award, and the Fiddlehead Fiction Award, and has appeared in The Sycamore ReviewThe New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Event, The Fiddlehead, and elsewhere. A recovering high school English teacher, tree planter, army medic, and radio announcer, Brent now finds himself working for the Hamilton Public Library and helping other writers find their voice. 

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From the publisher:

Boy’s final year of high school is unraveling. Fast. He had it all worked out, from crushing his final exams to military school to a career in the air force. But his family’s tragic past and its complicated present have caught up to him, and his marks are slipping, jeopardizing all of his plans.

When Boy befriends Mara, a homeless man who can seemingly stop and restart time at will, he has to weigh his family’s needs and his own conscience against the potential contained within Mara’s mysterious and powerful gift. And he soon realizes the hardest truths about time: the past can’t be undone, memories are as fragile as moments, and the future rarely turns out like we think it will.

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“VanExquisite … Boy is a perfectly compelling protagonist.”

Miriam Toews

Boy is evocative and heartfelt, containing a spark of magic and an achingly real protagonist.”

Ellen Keith

“Pressures in Boy’s life multiply. His family and friends aren’t always there to be relied upon. His plans for the future are darkened with doubt. But for all the very real challenges — as well as those that seem to emerge from a shadowy world beyond — Boy finds always the dignity, the essential decency he needs to continue.”

Timothy Taylor