The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston

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Devlin Stead grows up a lonely orphan in late 19th century Newfoundland. When he begins receiving letters from the esteemed but mysterious explorer Dr. Frederick Cook, they entirely change his understanding of who he is and what he might become. Invited by Dr. Cook to become his apprentice, Dev eagerly heads for New York City, where he is introduced into society and joins his mentor in epic attempts to reach the North Pole before Cook’s archrival Robert Edwin Peary. When Dev is thrust into international controversy, he must master a series of revelations about his family that will determine his fate.

In spellbinding prose, the author of the acclaimed Colony of Unrequited Dreams recreates the romance, the politics and the peril of the legendary race for the North Pole. Brilliantly rooted in history, The Navigator of New York is a fascinating exploration of the quest for discovery, and how it is remembered.


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About Wayne Johnston

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Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St John's area of Newfoundland. He is the author of five previous novels including The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which was an international bestseller and will be made into a film. Johnston is also the author of an award-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore's Mansion. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published October 14, 2003 by Anchor. 496 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The contrast between men's publicly declared dreams of exploration and discovery and the secrets they withhold from the world: it's this that drives the sixth novel from the prizewinning Canadian author (The Divine Ryans, 1999, etc.).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Navigator of New York

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The race to get to the North Pole frames a young explorer's effort to unearth his family history in Johnston's latest, a captivating narrative that delves into both the noble and the seedie

Aug 26 2002 | Read Full Review of The Navigator of New York

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