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Johnny Sandleaves

by (author) Lucien Firman Cattrysse

Iguana Books
Initial publish date
Dec 2023
NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Small Town & Rural, Cultural Heritage
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2023
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In the late 1970s, deep in the heart of Southwestern Ontario's Tobacco Belt, a madcap crew of summer students learns what it means to work on a tobacco farm. Each finds their own way to cope with the physical and mental challenges to get through the season.

Johnny Sandleaves is a Canadian coming-of-age novel showcasing a mix of dark humour and gritty reality while providing a colourful social snapshot of the Old World circumstances shaping the families who moved to this burgeoning corner of Canada. Relatable in its banter and abounding with eccentric characters, Johnny Sandleaves peels back the dramatic layers of how an eclectic crew of tobacco harvesters on Peter DeVreker's farm found themselves where they are - and why, with all of life's possibilities, they ended up working in tobacco.

About the author

Lucien Cattrysse is a Canadian author of Belgian descent who grew up in the Tobacco Belt of Southwestern Ontario. Based in Ottawa, he’s had a long rewarding career as a management consultant supporting clients in Canada and internationally since entering the workforce in 1988. Johnny Sandleaves is his first fictional work, a magnificent and insightful hiatus from technical report writing.

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