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The last question in the Newfoundland and Labrador Reads debate is simple: In forty words or less, why should your selection win Book Fridge’s first ever Newfoundland and Labrador Reads Competition? The panelists found this one the hardest to answer.

DARCY FITZPATRICK on This All Happened

Darcy FitzpatrickEvery single day for a year, meaningfully encapsulated in poignant vignettes within all too familiar surroundings. It’s hard not to read a bit of yourself into this book, it’s got that kind of pull-you-in. Allow yourself the pleasure. Give in.

JAMIE FITZPATRICK on The Wreckage

Jamie FitzpatrickA modest story that somehow encompasses everything and feels like a human history of modern Newfoundland. Doesn’t pander to our myths. Doesn’t flaunt its authenticity. Rich and expansive while remaining plain and simple. Seemingly effortless. What more do you want?

JOEL THOMAS HYNES on Hold Fast

Joel Thomas HynesIt’s a very economical book with bounding appeal for readers (and non-readers) of all ages.

RUTH LAWRENCE on February

Ruth Lawrence by Doug AllenBecause it’s a good book.

CHAD PELLEY on Come, Thou Tortoise

Chad PelleyWinter’s book made me start writing fiction. Crummey’s taught me more than anyone. Major deserves Joel’s praise, and Moore is CanLit’s finest barebones writer. But Jessica Grant can’t be replicated, and to be so readably “one of a kind” is the apex of literary praise.

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