Toronto-based journalist Paul Gallant will release his debut novel Still More Stubborn Stars on November 1. The story takes place on PEI from the 1970s through to the early 2000s.
Published by Acorn Press, the novel chronicles the life of a hapless romantic Come-From-Away from Ottawa, who tries to ingratiate himself into a rural community that doesn’t quite know what to do with him. What Gallant describes as a “comic thriller melodrama” takes place during the era of PEI’s Comprehensive Development Plan (a government scheme to modernize the province), the renaissance of Acadian culture in the Island’s rural communities and the campaign to build a fixed link connecting PEI to
Gallant grew up outside of Kensington, PEI, but both sides of his family—mother’s side Irish, father’s side Acadian—come from Up West, where most of the novel takes place. Still More Stubborn Stars, named after a line from a Milton Acorn poem, focuses on the Acadian side.