Coming September 2018
In Original Prin, Prin vows to become a better man and a better Catholic following a cancer diagnosis. He wants to spend more time with his kids, navigate his changing relationship with his wife, and better his research on the symbolism of the seahorse in Canadian literature.
But then his small Catholic college is threatened with closing, and as he meets with the developer planning to take over the school—naturally led by his ex-girlfriend Wende—Prin hears the voice of God. Filled with rejuvenated faith and a deep desire to do what’s right, he comes up with a plan to go to the Middle East. Wende is coming too. A strangely funny novel about religion in a modern, secular world.
Praise for Original Prin
“Original Prin is many things at once: a richly funny campus novel, a painfully humorous portrait of a modern family, an examination of a whole spectrum of religious faith from shaky to fanatical, and finally, in a climax of pitch-black comedy, a thriller too. Boyagoda writes with real panache and drive. An unputdownable book.” —Salman Rushdie
Praise for Randy Boyagoda
“Gleaming … Through his protagonist’s long and eventful life, Randy Boyagoda explores themes of shifting identity, of the diamond-hard determination to evade one’s destiny and of the inner landscapes of an island that itself undergoes a dramatic transformation … an ambitious book that seeks to convey the sweep of history through the prism of one island. The lush style of Boyagoda’s prose suits the novel.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
“The Evelyn Waugh of the North.” —Books-in-Canada
“Governor of the Northern Province’s humour and liveliness are in welcome contrast to the dreary earnestness of so many similar books.” —Quill & Quire
“Boyagoda, a sharp and subtle writer, slips easily into many different characters’ heads and their internal rhythms, and lyrical lines abound … A satirical feast.” —The Globe and Mail
“a multifaceted, engrossing story… Prepare for a verbal feast that will thoroughly entertain and satisfy, yet leave you hungering for more.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)