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The Big Why: A Novel (original 2004; edition 2006)
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"In 1914, at the age of thirty and already a controversial fixture of the American art scene, painter and illustrator Rockwell Kent decides to escape the social world of New York City. He travels to Brigus, Newfoundland, to set up housekeeping, with his wife and three children to follow a few months later. A socialist and a philanderer, certain in the greatness of his work, Kent is drawn north by a fascination for the rocky Atlantic coast and by the example of Brigus's other well-known resident, Arctic explorer Robert Bartlett. But once in Newfoundland, Kent discovers that notoriety is even easier to achieve in a small town than in New York." "Michael Winter's historical novel is a portrait of Kent's year in Newfoundland, told in the voice of the artist himself. As events come to a head both internationally and domestically and the war begins, Kent becomes a polarizing figure in this intimate, impoverished community, where everyone knows everyone and any outsider is suspect, possibly even a German spy."--BOOK JACKET.
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