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In the conservative 1980s, the collapse of the mining industry in Newfoundland caused devastating upheaval for thousands of Maritimers, who lost their independence, community, and homes as joblessness forced them to uproot and start anew. Jack and Angela McCarthy, after years of prosperity in the mining town where their families had lived for generations, find themselves among the "Saltwater Cowboys" -- Newfoundland transplants to gold mines of Alberta. Arriving in the town of Foxville, the McCarthys find themselves resented, bullied and taken advantage of, along with their fellow Newfoundlanders. But when Jack's best friend, Peter, is swindled out of his savings and decides to get even by stealing from the mine, he sets a heist in motion that throws both families back into chaos. Based on the true story of the of the Hemlo Gold mining heist of 1988, this novel tells of the trauma of displacement and the enduring strength of family.
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Dayle Furlong studied literature at York University and attended the Humber School for Writers. Her critically acclaimed poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. She works as a literary publicist and is a member of an all-women's writing salon in Toronto. She lives in Toronto.

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[Furlong] has an eye for the natural world and a talent for probing the emotional dimensions of physical sensation. * National Post * Although mainly set in the 1980s, the "Saltwater Cowboys" storyline remains more contemporary and timely than ever. * The Telegram * Furlong makes us feel the bite of barely thwarted poverty and the mounting inevitability that at least one of her characters will be tempted by the lure of easy money. An astute observer of the intimacies of marriage, she knows her men and women inside and out, the ways they misjudge themselves and each other, and, however misguided, try to provide comfort and hope. Saltwater Cowboys is an insightful, unmistakably Canadian novel with a social conscience. * Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, author of No Place Strange * Furlong is very good at conveying the isolation and loneliness the main characters feel. * Downhome Magazine *

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