Friday, September 21, 2007

Coming Soon: Michael Winter's The Big Why

Pre-purchase The Big Why and Save 30%

Prepay for your copy of the unabridged audio edition of The Big Why by Michael Winter, narrated by Robert Joy, and save 30% on the purchase price.

Order between now and September 30 and pay only $20.95 ($29.95 regular price); we will mail you your MP3 CD as soon as they are released (November 2007).

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The Big Why
By Michael Winter; narrated by Robert Joy
Listening Time: approximately 11 hours
10-digit ISBN: 0-9737586-3-5
13-digit ISBN: 978-0-9737586-3-4

The Big Why is both Michael Winter's dazzling reinvention of the historical novel and a passionate and witty faux memoir of Rockwell Kent, the famous illustrator of Moby Dick.

Focusing on the year Kent and his family spent in Brigus, Newfoundland on the eve of the First World War, Winter offers up the private emotions of a man whose outer ambitions betray his inner feelings. Kent vows to be faithful to his wife, to live close to the sea, and document, through paintings and woodcuts, a picturesque land and society. But he also desires everything, including the young woman who cares for their children. His friend, the explorer Bob Bartlett, explains how the artist's beliefs and way of life run drastically against those of this small seafaring community.

Funny, surprising, and thoroughly honest about our desires and contradictions, The Big Why bares all: it is about a man who was not fully understood or accepted in the time and place in which he lived. And it is about how we all try to find our place in the world, to gain wisdom, but in the end must humbly accept the transcendent fallout of our actions.