After generations of prosperity in the mining town of Brighton, Newfoundland, Jack and Angela McCarthy find themselves unemployed. In order to keep his family together, Jack accepts a job at a gold mine in the wilds of northern Alberta. Arriving in Foxville, the McCarthy s find themselves resented, bullied, and cast as outsiders. When Jack s best friend, Peter, is swindled out of his life savings and resorts to stealing from the mine, his attempts at reversing their fortunes thrust both families into even deeper torment. A powerful, poetic novel dealing with the effects of poverty, the harshness and beauty of Canada s north, the perils of theft, and the timeless value of community and family among displaced Newfoundlander s, Saltwater Cowboys is a classic cautionary tale that presents a stark glimpse into the lives of families struggling to survive in unfamiliar terrain.
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