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In the Land of Long Fingernails

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  • ISBN: 9781553658436
  • Tags: Biography & Memoir, Charles Wilkins, Literary Non-fiction,
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 8.75
  • Published On: 21/03/2011
  • 240 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781553658757
  • Tags: Biography & Memoir, Charles Wilkins, Literary Non-fiction,
  • Published On: 15/04/2011
  • 240 Pages
Description

A darkly humourous memoir of a 1960s summer spent in a cemetery.

First published in hardcover in 2008, In the Land of Long Fingernails was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Prize, the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and the Toronto Book Awards.

During the hazy summer of 1969, Charles Wilkins, then a university student, took a job as a gravedigger in a vast corporate cemetery in the east end of Toronto. The bizarre but true events of that time—a midsummer gravediggers' strike, the unearthing of a victim of an unsolved murder, and a little illegal bone shifting—play out among a Barnum-esque parade of mavericks and misfits in this macabre and hilarious memoir.

Amid relentless gallows humour and the inevitable reminders of what it is, finally, to be human, Wilkins provides an unforgettable insider's view of a morbidly fascinating industry. In the Land of Long Fingernails is a story of mortality, materialism, friendship, and sexuality, and the gradual coming of age of an impressionable young man.

A darkly humourous memoir of a 1960s summer spent in a cemetery.

Charles Wilkins is the award-winning author of several books of non-fiction, including Paddle to the Amazon, with Don Starkell, In the Land of Long Fingernails, and The Circus at the Edge of the Earth. He divides his time between Thunder Bay and Muskoka, Ontario.

Reviews

"Wilkins's strange-but-true memoir . . . will fascinate, disturb and most certainly entertain." -Publisher's Weekly

"If Raymond Chandler had written a memoir, I could imagine it reading like this." -Mary Roach