2013 Longlist

double talk


A love story in reverse.

double talk tells the story of Violet Budd and Brian (Baby) Power, two characters fleeing from their past. Brian is ambling after an immigrant’s dream, and Violet is desperate to ditch her middle-class origins for something more earthy and bohemian. Their contrary social and geographical flight paths intersect in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the early 1980s, where, for a time, they find love, sex and a safe haven in each other.

No happy-ever-after story, double talk follows Violet and Brian over a fourteen-year period, as the ordinary pressures of life bring to the surface the many differences that exist between them. double talk is a coming-of-age novel, a love story and an examination of social class and its mysterious codes.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Patrick Warner was born and raised in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland. He moved to Newfoundland in 1980 in search of better weather and economic prosperity. Bitterly disappointed on both counts, he turned to poetry, penning three critically acclaimed collections between 2001 and 2009. double talk is his first novel. He currently lives in downtown St. John’s with his wife, Rochelle, and two daughters, Annie and Greta.

Librarian’s Comments

double talk is a bittersweet tale of a tempestuous love affair and a clash of cultures as an ex-pat Irishman tries to adapt to a new country. The story follows his confusion with female psychology and the social codes he encounters.



Breakwater Books Ltd.


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